Diego Moreira is set to miss Lyon training as his loan spell in Ligue 1 comes to an end, leading to his return to parent club Chelsea. Fabrice Hawkins, a journalist from RMC Sport, reported on Twitter that Moreira’s departure is “confirmed,” with the Portuguese teenager expected back in London within the next 24 hours.
As relays the GoodisonNews, this development paves the way for Everton winger Arnaut Danjuma to step in, with reports suggesting that personal terms have already been agreed upon for his loan move to Lyon during the January transfer window.
Hawkins shared on Twitter: “Diego Moreira was not training with Lyon this morning. He will travel to London in the next 24 hours. End of the loan confirmed. He returns to Chelsea. Lyon now focus on signing Arnaut Danjuma.”
With the stage seemingly set for activity at Everton this month, attention shifts to Sean Dyche and his plans for filling the void left by Danjuma. The absence of a budget indicates that any potential signing will be based on wage bill considerations.
The injury to Dwight McNeil in January has complicated Danjuma’s exit, creating a need for someone who can cover the same position. With Abdoulaye Doucouré also sidelined, Everton may prioritize bringing in backup for the attacking midfield role.
While initial indications suggested Danjuma would remain at Everton for the season, Lyon’s preparatory moves indicate potential movement in the transfer market. The situation poses a delicate balancing act for Dyche and Kevin Thelwell, with Everton navigating challenges such as points deductions and pending appeals related to financial breaches.
Danjuma’s impact this season may not have met expectations, but his solid performance in the recent goalless draw against Aston Villa underscores the gamble Everton faces in letting him go and bringing in another player.