Ronald Koeman seems to be preparing a proper reform at Goodison as Dutch manager plans to build a competitive side for next season’s edition of the Premier League by adding a couple of stand-out names to his squad.
Determined to make a strong statement of intent, Koeman is believed to be eyeing Arsenal duo Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Theo Walcott in an ambitious double raid, according to The Telegraph.
Faced with uncertain futures of first team stars Romelu Lukaku and Ross Barkley – who has been priced at £50 million by the Toffees – Everton boss is determined to bring adequate replacements.
Dutch tactician is thought to be monitoring the situation revolving around the future of England internationals Oxlade-Chamberlain and Walcott, who could be tempted to leave Arsenal at the end of the season in search of more regular playing time.
Walcott has two years to go with his current deal at the Emirates, but appears to be displeased with his position in the team, whereas Oxlade-Chamberlain’s contract is entering its final 12 months.
The latter has been mostly used out of his natural position this season as Wenger played him in a midfield role and Oxlade-Chamberlain has already been linked with a move to Liverpool at the end of the season.
With their team status uncertain and Arsenal’s Champions League hopes hanging on a thin thread, the two England internationals might be tempted for a change of surroundings in a move that would instantly make Everton a proper European places contender.
The Toffees will finish the 2016/17 season in seventh place and Koeman is keen to upgrade his squad and make a more ambitious charge next term.