Everton have been extremely dormant in the summer transfer window since the arrival of James Tarkowski. The Toffees have been trying to sign players to improve the squad, but financial limitations are causing the players to slip away. Another player the Toffees failed to sign was Bordeaux striker Sekou Mara.
Everton want to focus on bringing in young players who have talent and will have future resale value. In attack, the Richarlison void remains to be filled but Everton are struggling to sign a replacement for the Brazilian.
The Royal Blues were seriously interested in signing Mara, according to 90 minutes. Even Newcastle United were keeping tabs on the 19-year-old, but Southampton struck a deal to sign Mara, managing to beat the competition for the young Frenchman.
Mara burst onto the French scene last season, scoring seven goals in 34 Ligue 1 games, becoming Bordeaux’s third top scorer last term. Bordeaux were relegated at the end of the season and financial problems saw them fall to third tier in French football and the threat of liquidation still lingers.
Everton miss Sekou Mara
According to the report, the English side of the south coast agreed to pay around 15 million euros to acquire the services of Mara. An agreement has been reached between the two clubs and negotiations over personal terms are ongoing.
Even though Everton have never made an official offer, they have shown a keen interest in the 19-year-old who could have been tomorrow’s star and have greater resale value. It’s not the first time Everton have failed in pursuit of their goal.
Everton were one of the first clubs to be linked with Oleksandr Zinchenko but Arsenal managed to sign the Ukrainian. Armando Broja is touted as a possible replacement for Richarlison but Everton have been slower than West Ham to react and submit a bid. Now the Hammers have managed to sign Gianluca Scamacca from Sassuolo as Broja is likely to stay at Chelsea.
Fans are frustrated with the club’s board and high authority. Frank Lampard and Kevin Thelwell have been helpless in the transfer window as finances remain a critical point. The £60million from the sale of Richarlison will go to even the books, giving Everton some headroom to make signings.
The first Premier League game of the season is less than a fortnight away and if the Toffees don’t act quickly they will be left with an unreliable squad.
Should the Toffees have signed Sekou Mara?