Word stemming from the English media on Sunday evening points towards an imminent double arrival at Premier League outfit Everton.
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.
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:
Our new manager. pic.twitter.com/1FulLthzyF
— Everton (@Everton) June 30, 2021
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.
And, as outlined above, on Sunday, an insight into the Spaniard’s efforts to do precisely that has been forthcoming.
As per a report from the reliable Paul Joyce of The Times, the Toffees are ‘closing’ on respective budget deals for both Demarai Gray and Andros Townsend:
Everton closing in on deals for wingers Demarai Gray (£1.5m from Bayer Leverkusen) and Andros Townsend (free transfer).
— paul joyce (@_pauljoyce) July 18, 2021
The arrivals of Gray and Townsend will, in turn, open the door for attacking departures from Goodison, with the current favourite to vacate his spot in Benitez’s squad coming in the form of Bernard.
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