Transfer insider Dean Jones has been discussing the problems that Everton might face in trying to sign PSV and Netherlands defender Denzel Dumfries after his performances at the summer’s European Championships.
The Dutch have made an impressive start to the tournament, winning all three of their opening games to finish top of Group C, and a large part of that has been down to the play of the right-back, with the 25-year-old scoring two goals as well as averaging one tackle and one key pass per game (via WhoScored) as he is fast becoming one of the stars of the tournament.
Everton have been linked with Dumfries in recent weeks, as per reports in the Netherlands.
And speaking on the latest edition of Touchline Talk, Jones discussed Everton’s interest in him as they look to find a replacement for the ageing Seamus Coleman, who is about to enter the final year of his contract:
“Everton, of course, will be looking down that route. They’re already looking for people in that position, and it’s always nice to sign a player on trend.
“The big question obviously at the moment with Everton is they haven’t got a manager, so you can’t recruit properly without knowing who your manager is.
“And there’s such a variation of names being touted, they would all play different systems. So they need to sort out the managerial situation first, and then we’ll see whether they can seriously come into the fold. But obviously, [Marcel] Brands would have him on his radar and would have known about him before now.”
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Will Everton sign Dumfries this summer?
Jones would be right to say that he would have known about him before, with the reports suggesting that the Toffees have been interested in him for some time, but as Jones points out, there are some complications surrounding a potential deal.
And the longer that they wait to appoint a manager, the more they run the risk that someone will come from under their noses and snatch him, or see his stock rise so much from his displays at the European Championships that they will no longer be able to afford him.
So for more than one reason, Everton need to start acting a bit quicker when it comes to their summer business.