It appears that Everton are resorting to a dash of retail therapy to help them overcome a disastrous start to a Premier League season that promised so much.
Despite spending around £140 million in an unprecedented summer splurge, a misfit Toffees side find themselves in the relegation zone with just eight points from their first nine games – an awful run which has cost manager Ronald Koeman his job.
But the big-spending Everton are not letting their lowly league position affect their transfer market ambitions. With two months until the January transfer window opens, The Toffees have been linked with two of the most highly-rated and reputable forwards in world football.
Tuttomercatoweb reported in late September that Everton had held discussions with PSG over a potentially stunning signing of Edinson Cavani. The Uruguayan international’s future at the Parc des Princes remains somewhat uncertain despite an unseemly storm with fellow attacking superstar Neymar blowing over in recent weeks.
Cavani scored 49 goals in all competitions last season, and has 15 in 14 games this season. He has won 15 trophies in the last four years with PSG.
And, in arguably an even more eye-catching move, The Sun is now reporting that Everton are preparing a remarkable bid for Arsenal’s contract rebel Alexis Sanchez in January.
The Chilean will be a free agent in the summer, and manager Arsene Wenger recently admitted the club may be forced to cash in during the January window after rejecting a bid from Manchester City in the summer.
The report adds that Everton’s majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri wants a real marquee signing at Goodison Park and, after missing out on Diego Costa and Olivier Giroud, a £30m deal for Sanchez would be exactly that.
The winger, however, is understood to want Champions League football, with PSG and Manchester United on his trail.
Everton, sitting in the Premier League relegation zone, may be fooling themselves right now if they think Sanchez and Cavani will have any interest in rocking up at Goodison Park. Big improvements are needed before players of their ilk will believe in the Goodison Park project.