As is so often the case in transfer windows, one done deal could trigger a domino effect reverberating around a number of clubs, and this summer could see Everton at the heart of the proverbial merry-go-round.
The Toffees have had a slow start to the market, without a senior signing to date, and with only a couple of weeks left before it slams shut, Marco Silva will have to get the ball rolling sooner rather than later.
However, it appears as though a senior exit, courtesy of a bid reportedly being readied by Real Madrid – not for one of the Everton stars – could be on the cards, and there could be some money to be made.
The Sun claim that the Spanish giants are readying a move for Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois as he enters the final year of his contract with the Blues, and that Maurizio Sarri’s side are eyeing up Jordan Pickford, as well as Stoke City’s Jack Butland, as a potential replacement.
It is said that England’s number one over in Russia could well be the preferred option of the Three Lions pair, and if that is the case, then Everton might have to approach the Potters for a replacement.
Pickford reportedly has a £60million valuation on his head while Butland’s asking price is a reputed £20million, meaning there could well be £40million worth of profit on the table if Everton are to sanction a deal.
Butland would fit right into the Toffees’ setup and would be an ideal replacement for Pickford if he were to head off to Stamford Bridge, not to mention a move would give Marco Silva some serious money to work with.
Nothing is set in stone, but with Real Madrid said to be plotting that offer, the ball could get rolling on a transfer saga with Everton at the heart.