A month after Ronald Koeman was handed his P45 at Everton, with Sean Dyche, Sam Allardyce and now Marco Silva slipping through their grasp, The Mail reports that The Toffees have turned their attention towards a real left-field alternative.
The report states that Watford will not allow Silva (below) to leave just a few months into his two-year deal after Everton made a £10 million bid to try and buy out his contract. But RB Leipzig’s sporting director Ralf Rangnick, who was interviewed in 2013 but lost out to Roberto Martinez, has now emerged as a surprise candidate.
With the highly respected Rangnick responsible for turning RB Leipzig into a second tier side into a Champions League club, it’s easy to see why he is viewed as one of the brightest minds in European football.
And if Rangnick, who was also tipped to take the England job after Euro 2016, does finally make the move to England, he will no doubt attempt to bring one or two of his Leipzig stars with him to Goodison Park.
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And Everton would happily welcome Rangnick with open arms if he was to bring Emil Forsberg with him to Merseyside. The Daily Star reported in 2016 that The Toffees were scouting the Swedish playmaker back when he was playing second tier football – and were planning a £12 million offer.
A year-and-a-half on, Forsberg is one of the most exciting attackers in the Bundesliga. His tally of 19 assists and eight strikes in 2016/17 is simply outstanding – no one in Europe’s top leagues created more goals.
And Everton fans shouldn’t be concerned that Forsberg is just another number ten. He is a wide player by nature, drifting in from the left to wreak havoc in the final third.
Forsberg and Rangnick would offer real intelligence at Everton – both on the turf and the sidelines.