According to media reports, Chelsea have entered the race to sign Manchester City midfielder Oleksandr Zinchenko, a player Everton have been linked with on several occasions.
Everton need to review their midfield and the Ukraine international could well be a solid potential option to boost the quality of the squad.
Zinchenko is set to leave the Etihad Stadium this summer as he seeks a new challenge and the chance to play in his preferred central midfield position.
And, I think his qualities would certainly add to the limited choices that Frank Lampard has at the moment with his currently dysfunctional midfield.
With an aging Allan who could still leave the club this summer and Abdoulaye Doucoure’s form which collapsed at the end of last season, as well as a recently badly injured Tom Davies who never convinced anyway , the Everton midfielder needs major surgery.
More defensive solidity, pace, power, creativity and goalscoring are certainly needed in the midfield and although he’s not the only option, Zinchenko could help solve some of these issues.
Well, now Chelsea are reportedly interested and could well make a bid for the 25-year-old and they would be serious competition for Everton if they do.
Although, given the west London club’s existing options in central midfield, getting a regular starting spot in midfield would not be guaranteed.
In another related story, it looks like South London club Crystal Palace are closing in on signing Mali midfielder Cheick Doucoure.
He’s another defensive midfield talent the Toffees have been heavily linked with for a short time recently. But, now it looks like he has decided to move to the capital and work under Patrick Viera who was one of the best midfielders of the Premier League era.
Doucoure certainly looks like the kind of powerful, athletic guy that Everton need and he’s also young at 22, which also makes him a potentially valuable put option.
With the Blues’ appalling finances placing huge strains on them and continued and growing uncertainty over whether the club will be sold this summer, Everton are struggling to generate momentum in their transfer deals.
The longer this goes on, the more difficult it is likely to be for Lampard to get the type of players he wants as other clubs rush in and get in first.