David Moyes looks to be getting the upper hand over Arsenal and Borussia Dortmund in the battle to sign Austrian defender Aleksandar Dragovic.
The player has impressed this season in Basel’s Europa League run to the semi finals. Both Jurgen Klopp and Arsene Wenger have been showing an interest in Dragovic, but Everton are now in poll position according to Talksport.
David Moyes is planning for next season at Goodison, despite his own future still being up in the air. Club captain Phil Neville is leaving in search of regular first team football and Johnny Heitinga may also leave.
Everton have had a good campaign this season and have pressed Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham for the places in the top four. Unfortunately for the Toffees, sixth place looks like being their final position after last week’s defeat to Sunderland killed off their hopes of a Champions League spot.
Another Moyes bargain
Dragovic joined Basel from Austria Vienna two years ago and will be available in the summer for as little as £4m, just the sort of bargain that Moyes has made his trademark in the transfer market.
There is a feeling in the game that Everton are on the edge of becoming a genuine big club and with some investment this summer they could make themselves permanently players in the battle for trophies.
They are likely to finish above their Merseyside rivals Liverpool for the second season running. Everton’s rise has come at a time when the usual Champions League sides Arsenal and Chelsea are going through a bit of a decline.
Everton’s activity in this summer’s transfer window could shape their future for the next few years. The fact that Dragovic, one of Europe’s promising young players is prepared to choose Everton over Arsenal and Borussia Dortmund certainly shows how far they have come.
Whether Moyes decides to stay or not, this summer is a great opportunity for Everton to invest in some quality players to bring their squads up to the standards of their fellow Champions League hopefuls. Dragovic would be a good start and send the right message out to the rest of the Premier League.