James Rodriguez & Andre Gomes among six players on chopping block as Benitez runs rule over Everton squad

James Rodriguez & Andre Gomes among six players on chopping block as Benitez runs rule over Everton squad


An insight into the transfer plans of new Everton boss Rafael Benitez has, on Friday, been forthcoming online.

Rafa arrives

It is of course set to prove a season of change on the blue half of Merseyside.

On the back of an altogether disappointing campaign last time out, which, despite promising so much, eventually culminated in a 10th-placed Premier League finish, Carlo Ancelotti opted to call time on his short Toffees stint early last month.

The Italian, who had been viewed as the ideal candidate to guide the club into a prosperous new era, left Everton high and dry, to secure a return to Spain with Real Madrid.

Carlo Ancelotti arguing

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – MARCH 1: Carlo Ancelotti speaks to referee Chris Kavanagh after the Premier League match between Everton FC and Manchester United at Goodison Park on March 1, 2020 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Tony McArdle/Everton FC via Getty Images)

The Blues hierarchy, in turn, were left with a tough task in replacing their decorated boss, with a whole host of tacticians, in the wake of Ancelotti’s exit, having been tipped to take up the club’s reins.

In the end, though, despite a considerable backlash on the part of the club’s fans, Farhad Moshiri and co. opted to move for Rafael Benitez, with the Spaniard having put pen to paper on a three-year deal back on Merseyside:

James on the move?

The Benitez era has of course since gotten underway, with the ex-Napoli boss currently in the process of putting his new charges through their paces, ahead of the fast-approaching Premier League season.

Before the campaign officially gets underway, however, Everton’s new boss will no doubt be eager to put his personal stamp on the Everton squad.

Despite having spent heavily over recent years, the Toffees remain some way off the quality required to challenge for a top-4 spot in the English top-fight, meaning reinforcements will be required once more over the weeks ahead.

Before such moves can come to fruition, however, sales will first need to be forthcoming at Goodison Park.

And, on Friday, an insight into some of the players whom Benitez has identified as surplus to requirements has been provided online.

As per a report from the Daily Telegraph, the Everton board ‘are likely to listen to offers for up to half a dozen senior players this summer’.

Amongst those on the chopping block, meanwhile, are Andre Gomes, Bernard, Fabian Delph, Cenk Tosun, Yerry Mina and, most notably of all, star midfielder James Rodriguez.


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