What Marcel Brands said about Santiago Arias explains reported Everton interest

Director of Football of Everton Marcel Brands attends the pre-season friendly match between Everton and Valencia at Goodison Park on August 4, 2018 in Liverpool, England.

Premier League outfit Everton have reportedly shown an interest in Marcel Brands' former PSV Eindhoven flyer Santiago Arias.

Santiago Arias of Atletico Madrid during the La Liga Santander  match between Atletico Madrid v Real Valladolid at the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano on April 27, 2019 in Madrid Spain

With Jonjoe Kenny farmed out on loan to Schalke for the 2018/19 season, Everton have left themselves a little short of options at right-back.

But with The Toffees seemingly scouring the market for replacements, it seems only a matter of time before a new, swashbuckling wideman arrives at Goodison Park to challenge Seamus Coleman’s place in the starting XI.

And the latest name in the frame is one Everton’s director of football Marcel Brands knows very well.

 

According to the Liverpool Echo, The Toffees are keen to sign combative Colombia international Santiago Arias, just one year after Atletico Madrid bought him for £11 million.

Now, it was Brands who gave Arias his big break at PSV Eindhoven in 2013, signing the little-known full-back from Sporting Lisbon for a bargain £1.5 million.

"He is the perfect model of the modern defender: pacy, powerful and attack-minded,” Brands told the PSV website about Arias in 2015. "There are not many players with such qualities."

Santiago Arias of Colombia and Lucas Digne of France fight for the ball during the international friendly match between France and Colombia at Stade de France on March 23, 2018 in Paris,...

Pacy, powerful and attack-minded; if that reminds you of anyone, Everton fans, then it should.

Arias is pretty much a carbon-copy of long-serving Irish international Coleman. Like the signing of Lucas Digne last summer, his arrival would allow Everton to shake up their options out wide and ensure Marco Silva has plenty of top-class quality in reserve.

Santiago Arias of Atletico Madrid during the La Liga Santander  match between Atletico Madrid v Real Valladolid at the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano on April 27, 2019 in Madrid Spain

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