The Premier League could finally get its hands on Nico Gaitan in January. The Argentine winger was linked with a move to England for about seven years, with Manchester United a constant in the gossip columns, but it appears that the Argentine is closer than ever to making the switch.
According to Diario AS, Atletico Madrid will cash in on Gaitan in January just 18 months after paying Benfica £19.7 million for his services. And while Southampton, West Ham and Crystal Palace are keen, Everton’s lack of quality options out wide makes their reported interest intriguing to say the least.
The Toffees have no shortage of gifted number tens but they are a little short on the wings. The fact that Aaron Lennon is a regular starter on the right is probably more down to a dearth of alternatives rather than any late-career bloom from the former Tottenham speedster.
The exit-seeking Kevin Mirallas, meanwhile, hasn’t played a game in the Premier League since Sam Allardyce’s appointment while Ademola Lookman remains on the fringes. Yannick Bolasie is back at least but, after over a year on the sidelines, it will take time for him to get back to his explosive best.
So a deal for Gaitan makes perfect sense. The 16-cap star is a hugely technical player who relies more on subtlety than speed, renowned for his perfectly weighted through balls and pin point crosses. In theory, he should provide the ammunition Everton’s new centre forward, whoever that may be, and will thrive upon.
In terms of necessity, you could argue that Southampton are the club most in need of Gaitan’s technical talents. Averaging one goal a game this season, The Saints simply don’t even look like scoring most of the time.
But bringing in a huge name like Gaitan would perhaps be the pick-me-up the under-fire manager Mauricio Pellegrino needs.
Everton, however, have money to burn and a gap in their squad that Gaitan could fill.