Gerard Deulofeu. Andre Gomes. Lucas Digne. Yerry Mina. Malcom. Everton’s habit of pursuing or successfully signing unwanted Barcelona players is still going strong, and has, to a large extent, been quite successful.
While it might seem a little distasteful to constantly be taking other clubs’ scraps, not being able to get minutes for Barcelona really has no bearing on whether or not a player can succeed at Goodison Park, and so unsurprisingly, another name is now in Everton’s sights: versatile midfielder Denis Suarez.
According to Sport - the Barcelona paper of record - the Catalans are looking to move on from the player, with a fee of around 10 million Euros in mind.
The winter market is not over for Barca - they are looking at selling Denis Suarez. A player who has not been used much by Ernesto Valverde and who is wanted in the Premier League. The injury to Rafinha seems that it might help him but the player has received various offers from English sides which he is mulling over. Barca are allowing him to choose his destination if the transfer fee meets their demands.
The report goes on to say that in addition to Everton, West Ham and Watford are also interested. Suarez would likely have a higher place on the depth chart at either of those two clubs, but you’d expect the Blues would have a leg up in negotiations thanks to their existing relationship with Barca, and the fact that three of Suarez’s former teammates are at Finch Farm and thriving.
Still just 24, Denis can play in the center of midfield, on the wings, or behind the striker. If Marcel Brands is successful in acquiring Suarez’s signature, it’s likely that he would become the much-needed deputy for Gylfi Sigurdsson. Kieran Dowell didn’t pan out (yet), and it’s unclear whether or not Nikola Vlasic will ever come back.
Quality depth is hugely important for breaking into the top six, and talented players who haven’t yet hit their prime are always welcome.