The rumors of Jonny Evans signing with Everton began earlier this summer and have seemed to gain some traction in the last few days. The fee has floated around the £7-10 million range depending on the publication despite the player having just a year remaining on his contract. The move didn't make sense for Everton a few months ago and it still doesn't make too much sense today.
Sure, Everton need experienced defensive reinforcements with the departures of Sylvain Distin and Antolin Alcaraz, but paying £8 million for a player that would likely spend most of the season on the bench doesn't make much sense for the Blues. Surely there are cheaper, more reasonable options out there to go with the youngsters we already have in-house. However, should either Phil Jagielka or John Stones get injured for some time, then this transfer might pay off very well.
The Toffees have been shrewd with their moves so far this summer, with Tom Cleverly joining on a free transfer and Gerard Deulofeu joining for the low fee of £4.2 million. Despite their penny-pinching ways, they probably still have some funds to work with to improve the squad before the season starts. Aside, from center back reinforcements, the team could do with a true playmaking midfielder and some potential replacements for the ageing Tony Hibbert and Gareth Barry.
For the right price, there is the potential for a decent move here. But if the price is anywhere near the reported £7-8 million then Everton should pass and love for help elsewhere.