Everton’s defense department is due for a revamp this summer, with a focus on upgrading their attack as well. They currently have six central defenders on their roster, and the impending departure of Yerry Mina on a free transfer means that they will need to consider defensive reinforcements. Chris Smalling of AS Roma is reportedly on their shortlist of potential options, as writes the 90min.
Last summer, Everton added two central defenders to their squad with the signings of James Tarkowski and Conor Coady on loan. They now have a wealth of options in defense, including Tarkowski, Coady, Ben Godfrey, Michael Keane, and Mason Holgate. Jarrad Branthwaite was loaned out to PSV to gain more playing time.
While Holgate and Keane have seen limited action this season and could potentially be let go, Everton still have enough quality at the back with the likes of Tarkowski, Coady, Godfrey, and Branthwaite. Additionally, there are indications that they will trigger the £4.5 million buy clause in Coady’s deal.
Smalling, who is set to become a free agent at the end of the season if Roma do not extend his contract, has attracted interest from several Premier League teams including Everton, Fulham, Leicester City, and West Ham United. However, Smalling is reportedly settled in Serie A and would prefer to stay with Roma.
Overall, while Everton may be considering defensive reinforcements, they already have a good balance of experienced and youthful defenders in their squad, making it questionable whether they need Smalling or any additional center-backs.