Would Santiago Arias's arrival at Everton put Seamus Coleman under threat?

Seamus Coleman of Everton reacts after the Premier League match between Everton FC and Southampton FC at Goodison Park on August 18, 2018 in Liverpool, United Kingdom.

Everton's Seamus Coleman has monopolised the right-back position at Goodison Park for years.

Santiago Arias of Colombia during the International Friendly match between Australia and Colombia at Craven Cottage on March 27, 2018 in London, England.

According to El Gol Digital, Everton are prepared to pay £35 million for Santiago Arias this summer, and that may just suggest that Seamus Coleman’s position in Marco Silva’s starting line-up isn't secure.

Coleman started last season slowly, but towards the back end of the campaign he was one of Everton’s best performers.

 

The right-back is regarded as one of the best in his position in the Premier League and has been a solid option for Everton for years.

However, Everton’s apparent willingness to pay such a large fee for Arias would hint that he would arrive as a starter.

Everton are highly unlikely to invest £35 million in a back-up player, so it could be that Silva sees Arias as an upgrade on Coleman.

Santiago Arias of PSV in action during the Dutch Eredivisie match between PSV Eindhoven and VVV Venlo held at Philips Stadion on March 17, 2018 in Eindhoven, Netherlands.

The Colombian is faster than Coleman and, at 27, is younger than the Everton man.

And if he does arrive at Goodison Park, it could suggest that Silva is going to make a surprising change to his defence for next season.

Seamus Coleman of Everton reacts during the Premier League match between Everton FC and Tottenham Hotspur at Goodison Park on December 23, 2018 in Liverpool, United Kingdom.

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