Everton’s Demiral links dismissed
It had been previously touted that Everton were in the hunt for Juventus’ Turkish defender Merih Demiral.
Calcio Mercato reporter Daniele Longo even claimed that an offer was incoming for the 23-year-old.
— Daniele Longo (@86_longo) April 28, 2021
However, reliable transfer journalist Fabrizio Romano has poured cold water on such claims regarding Demiral, albeit whilst also providing hope in the form of a new Toffees target. There was also an update regarding Norwich City’s Max Aarons.
‘Everton are planning to sign a centre-back in the summer. Araujo is highly appreciated but Barcelona will *not* sell him. No talks for Demiral, he’s not even a target. Max Aarons update: new clubs are joining the race. Everton are now looking for other players,’ wrote Romano.
Everton are planning to sign a centre-back in the summer. Araujo is highly appreciated but Barcelona will *not* sell him. No talks for Demiral, he’s not even a target. 🔵 #EFC
Max Aarons update: new clubs are joining the race. Everton are now looking for other players. 🚨
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) May 5, 2021
Ronald Araujo the new target
Ronald Araujo has been on the books of Barcelona since he arrived from Uruguayan club Boston River in 2018.
He has gone on to play 26 league games for the Blaugrana, the majority of which have come this season under Ronald Koeman. Araujo has often deputised for the injured Gerard Pique.
The 22-year-old himself has faced injury problems,which at one point meant that midfielder Frenkie de Jong was drafted in to play in defence.
Should Everton tempt a Barcelona who supposedly ‘will not sell him’, then the fee will need to be significant.
The stance from Barca is unsurprising, but with Eric Garcia likely to arrive this summer, Araujo could demand guarantees of more consistent game time.
Carlo Ancelotti has shown that he can convince players of the ilk of James Rodriguez to leave giant sides for the northwest of England.
However, should Barca stand firm, without Champions League football, Everton may need to admit defeat in their chase.
This article was edited by Conor Laird.
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