According to a recent report in The Telegraph, Everton are to hold talks with Sevilla boss Unai Emery in the next 72 hours about becoming their new manager following Roberto Martinez’s dismissal.
The Toffees have been linked with a host of managers over the past two weeks, yet Emery’s name has come to the forefront following Sevilla’s third straight Europa League success after they defeated Liverpool.
The Spanish boss would be a superb addition for the Merseyside club, and should they manage to convince him to trade Sevilla for Goodison Park, they could see a few key players follow in his footsteps.
Here are three potential Sevilla players who could follow Emery to Everton:
The former Stoke City man has been at Sevilla for two years, and he has played a key role in the club’s last two Europa League successes as he holds the midfield together alongside Grzegorz Krychowiak.
The 29-year-old is experienced in the Premier League, and his physical attributes would make him an ideal candidate to replace the ageing Gareth Barry in the middle of Everton’s midfield.
Everton have been linked with the Ukraine international before, but they and a number of other Premier League clubs missed out on his as he joined Sevilla on a free last summer.
Despite being a very talented player, Konoplyanka struggled somewhat in the slower-paced Spanish league this past season and managed only 15 starts for Sevilla with another 17 appearances off the bench.
The speedy winger is arguably better suited to the Premier League, and Everton need more quality out wide.
Carrico played the entire 90 minutes of the Europa League final against Liverpool, yet he also wasn’t a regular in La Liga as he made just 14 league appearances over the course of the campaign.
The Portuguese defender didn’t have a great time while on the books of Reading, yet he has grown as a player over the past couple of years and he will only get better with time.
Everton will need a long-term replacement for Phil Jagielka, and Carrico would be a good alternative.