Everton are plotting a summer swoop for Fulham midfielder Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa.
Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa, 25, started his senior career with Marseille in France before joining Fulham in the summer of 2018. However, following the Cottagers’ relegation to the Championship, he joined Villarreal on loan last season. The Cameroonian international enjoyed a solid short-term spell with Villarreal before returning to Craven Cottage after Fulham had sealed promotion to the Premier League in 2020.
The 25-year-old has been one of the very few bright sparks in an otherwise underwhelming campaign for Fulham, who look likely to get relegated at the first time of asking. With relegation looming large for Scott Parker’s side, Anguissa is expected to remain in England’s top-flight with Everton interested. The midfield general, who has two years left on his contract at Craven Cottage, would cost around £25million.
Meanwhile, Everton have enjoyed a strong season under Carlo Ancelotti, with the team improving leaps and bounds. The Merseyside outfit currently find themselves eighth in the table with four games left to play. They have given themselves a great chance of qualifying for the Europa League by beating West Ham 1-0 at the London Stadium on Sunday.
Bringing European football to Goodison Park next season would be deemed as a massive achievement for Carlo Ancelotti. Improvement in the style of play and results should certainly see the Everton board back the Italian manager in the upcoming transfer window.
Everton need a dynamic presence in the middle of the park
If Everton are to challenge for a place in the top four next term, they’ll need to make quality signings this summer. Ancelotti must prioritise reinforcing his backline following a lot of chopping and changing in the ongoing campaign. In addition, the Toffees boss should also target a reliable central midfielder.
Signed from Napoli in the summer, Allan has endured an injury-hit debut campaign at Goodison Park. When fit, though, Allan has performed really well in the middle of the park alongside Abdoulaye Doucoure and Andre Gomes.
Everton have really missed Doucoure’s physicality and power in midfield since he fractured his foot in the 1-0 victory over Southampton at the start of March. Gomes has been in and out of the team, while Tom Davies is yet to bring consistency to his game.
Jean-Philippe Gbamin has endured a torrid time with injuries ever since joining Everton from Mainz in the summer of 2019. The Ivory Coast international suffered another setback after returning from a long injury layoff last month and will miss the rest of the season.
There’s also Fabian Delph, who continues to struggle with fitness and form, meaning there’s enough room for improvement as far as Everton’s midfield department is concerned.
Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa could be a smart signing for Everton
That’s when the signing of Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa would make sense for the Toffees. Anguissa has been a class above of his Fulham teammates this season, showing why he deserves to stay in the Premier League.
The 25-year-old is an all-action midfielder, who is equally adept going forward and protecting the backline. Technically sound and reliable in possession, the Cameroonian international has weighed in with three assists in 32 league outings for Fulham, which shows his creative abilities. He would undoubtedly add some much-needed steel and robustness to Everton’s midfield, whilst adding depth to Ancelotti’s squad.
At around £25million, Anguissa could turn out to be a bargain signing for Everton. Thus, the Toffees must quickly wrap up a deal for the 25-year-old midfielder.
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