Everton kept their powder dry in the summer transfer window. While five new faces have arrived to complete the first team, only Demarai Gray has cost a fee (£ 1.7million).
Financial fair play constraints have been suggested as the source of their frugal spending. But in the positive news for the Toffees, Benitez recently revealed that owner Farhad Moshiri will sanction moves in the winter window.
When asked if he would be allowed to spend in January, Benitez responded: “Yeah I think so. I had this conversation yesterday with Mr. Moshiri. It’s just to make sure we’re doing things the right way, they’re very keen to spend the money and improve the team.
Now, TransferMarketWeb online point of sale indicate where some of these funds could go.
They reveal that Everton would be “Ready” to rekindle their interest in versatility Arsenal star, Ainsley Maitland-Niles. And in doing so, the 24-year-old would be Seamus Coleman’s long-term successor at right-back.
Maitland-Niles was linked with Everton throughout the summer, his potential move peaking in the later window stages.
With his prospects for regular first-team action in the Dark Emirates, he made a emotional plea on Instagram as he sought to walk away.
A deal ultimately fell through, but now it looks like the saga may resurface in January.
Everton are currently running out of options at the right-back. Coleman, 32, has started to suffer from injuries in recent years. During his absences, Ben Godfrey has often replaced on the right, although he is a natural defender.
The article claims that Maitland-Niles would be ‘perfectly suited’ to Benitez’s demands. However, he has previously stressed that he sees himself as a central midfielder, not a full-back.
Nonetheless, it seems likely that the Maitland-Niles transfer stories will once again make headlines in the coming months.
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Saka talks trophies with Arsenal setting benchmark in stats
Meanwhile, Arsenal talisman Bukayo Saka made a daring trophy statement spurred on by his side extending a single streak to start the season.
Par Transfermarkt, Arsenal starters were on average 24.7 years old during their impressive 3-1 against Tottenham. That made him the fourth youngest starting XI for a Premier League side this year.
The numbers one, two, three and five on that list are also held by Arsenal, indicating the confidence Edu and Arteta have placed in the youngsters after signing six players all under the age of 24 this summer.
In the post-match fallout, Saka could barely contain his glee at the victory. And in quotes worn by the Evening Standard, Saka stressed that winning trophies is a realistic goal for this crop of young stars.
“You can accomplish anything, regardless of age. With age comes experience, but we still have a lot of experience in this team, which helps us.
“We have a lot of quality and enough experience to accomplish a lot. We’re going to take it game by game, but if we play like this we have enough quality to win trophies.
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