Many Everton fans may have slept through the club’s most recent transfer saga.
On Thursday night, a rumour started doing the rounds claiming that Everton were about to make a move for Manchester United defender Jonny Evans.
The rumour was promulgated by some respectable media houses, including the Guardian, who announced that Everton were ready to spend eight million pounds on the 27-year-old Northern Irish defender.
Indeed, the Guardian went so far as to explain how the transfer fee was being settled, as they reported:
Although the club want £10m for Evans, Everton value him at £6m as he has only a year left on his contract, so the agreed price may be closer to £8m.
Less than twelve hours after the story broke, Toffees boss Roberto Martinez chucked the Evans to Everton story into the rubbish bin.
Martinez was directly asked about the story during a presser in the club’s’ Asian tour, and the Spaniard replied:
— Everton (@Everton) July 17, 2015
Interestingly, this is the second time in a week that Jonny Evans has been linked with a sale from Old Trafford. Recently, Evans was thought to be a target for Arsenal, however that story appears to have been rubbished too.
Nevertheless, the general feeling is that Evans is on the market as Louis van Gaal remains unconvinced about the defender, and few would be surprised if Evans ended up leaving Old Trafford this summer.