Chelsea’s two-time saviour Guus Hiddink could return for a third crack at the Premier League. According to The Mirror, the 70-year-old Dutchman has been sounded out by Everton as a potential replacement for Ronald Koeman.
With a number of Everton’s priority targets, including Sean Dyche, Marco Silva, Carlo Ancelotti and Thomas Tuchel, seemingly happy where they are or unwilling to take over at Goodison Park, Hiddink has emerged as an astute quick fix.
Though the appointment could come a little too late for some. After all, Hiddink could have come in quite useful during the summer transfer window, when Everton were trying and failing to replace the talismanic centre-forward Romelu Lukaku.
The Mirror reported that Everton were dreaming of bringing in Chelsea’s Diego Costa in a real marquee move – and were willing to pay a club record £70 million to bring the Spaniard to Goodison Park.
The 29-year-old, however, made it clear that he only wanted to return to former club Atletico Madrid, where he won the 2014 La Liga title before moving to Stamford Bridge, with Chelsea boss Antonio Conte making clear that the striker was no part of his plans.
Eventually, Costa did seal an emotional return to Spain – but would Hiddink have changed Costa’s mind?
After a dreadful start to the season under Jose Mourinho, Costa rediscovered his form in style once Hiddink came to rescue Chelsea midway through the 2015/16 season, scoring six goals in his first six games under the Dutchman.
The veteran coach was also a staunch defender of the striker’s firebrand approach. But could Hiddink have convinced Costa to give Everton a second thought?