Five defensive signings for Martinez at Everton this summer
As John Stones reportedly prepares to join Chelsea this summer, with Jose Mourinho seeing the England international centre as the long-term replacement for John Terry, Coral writers look at five potential defensive signings for the Toffees (11/4 with Coral to finish top six).
Do you agree with our selections?
Virgil van Dijk
Celtic’s dominant Dutch defender was tipped for a switch to the Premier League earlier in the summer, with Sunderland having been interested, but Martinez could snatch the brilliant Bhoys centre back from under his rivals’ noses.
A towering presence in the heart of Parkhead’s defence, Van Dijk would a superb acquisition, but a substantial fee may be needed to prize him away from Ronny Deila’s champions, after sublime performances last season in the Scottish Premiership.
Martinez has been reported to have upped his interest in Udinese’s stalwart centre back, with the 27-year-old rated at around £8m by his Serie A club, a sum which Everton could be easily met after selling on Stones to the Blues.
Frenchman Heurtaux arrived with the Italian side in 2012, going on to make 87 appearances, and would be an experienced candidate to replace Stones at the heart of the rearguard on Merseyside.
Currently featuring under David Moyes’ guidance at Real Sociedad, Spain cap Martinez has been previously linked to the likes of Real Madrid, and would be a high-profile capture for Everton.
Able to carry the ball out with ease under pressure and capable of picking out a pass from deep, La Liga centre back Martinez would slot in well on the blue half of Merseyside and provide the Toffees with a clam approach defensively.
A potential coup for the Toffees could be to lure Chelsea’s talented young Dutch defender Ake to Goodison Park on a season-long loan as part of any possible deal involving Stones.
The London club are known for regularly loaning out their promising youth players, and Mourinho may be keen on seeing highly-rated Ake arrive at Everton to gain valuable experience in the top-flight.
Espanyol’s Mexican centre back has spent this summer recovering from a foot injury he sustained before the Gold Cup kicked-off, and would be a fresh new face at Goodison Park when he returns from his personal set-back(16/1 to win Capital One Cup).
Moreno, now 27 years of age, would provide Toffees boss Martinez with a supreme defensive giant, with his strong abilities capable of seamlessly slotting into the tough and physical aspects of the Premier League.