2 – Steve Mandanda
Everton are believed to be in contract negotiations with a goalkeeper that would improve the first eleven and replace 37-year-old Tim Howard.
As we previously wrote, the keeper in question is Steve Mandanda, who is set to be released by Marseille this summer after refusing to sign a new contract with the French club. After Marseille’s cup final recently Mandanda admitted he is set to leave.
Mandanda is 31 years old and has plenty of experience at club level, as well as 21 caps for France. This experience could be vital in adjusting to an Everton backline that has lacked leadership this season, despite the presence of Phil Jagielka.
Mandanda is an experienced presence but 6 years younger than Howard who is quite clearly past his best. He will have had to take this decision to leave Marseille seriously after being at the club since 2007. The struggling state of Ligue 1 and Paris Saint Germain’s monopolisation of the league will have surely played a part in Mandanda’s decision for a change of scenery.
Before Everton can really make a signing, they need to sort out the managerial situation, with nobody yet succeeding Roberto Martinez at the club. Unal Emery is now thought to be in talks, whilst Frank de Boer has also been linked after leaving Ajax last week.