Everton should rekindle interest in £10m Manchester United winger
Sweden international Anthony Elanga is surplus to requirements and is definitely a wide-option this summer.
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The Toffees were interested in a deal for the 22-year-old during the January window, but the club blocked a temporary move over fears of the climate at the club at that time.
Everton were languishing at the bottom of the table and fan unrest and anger towards the owners were at an all-time high and United decided not to allow a move at that time.
Fast forward to the present and although there is still anger towards the board, their final day survival and full summer to sort of their squad ahead of the 2023/24 season will give renewed hope.
Elanga began the season in the United side, but has slowly been phased out by the more expensive signings. But according to Samuel Luckhurst, the Chief Manchester United writer for the Manchester Evening News, Elanga is available this summer for a fee of £10m - a fee that is sure to tempt teams in the lower half.
He’s operated on either flank and even as a centre-forward in a ‘false nine’ type role and he’s also a Swedish international with two goals in 10 appearances for his country to date.
Early on in the season, he enjoyed a strong performance in the 2-1 victory over Liverpool at Old Trafford on the left flank - causing no end of problems for Trent Alexander-Arnold in one of his best performances. His key moment might be the equalising goal in their first leg against Atletico Madrid at the Wanda Metropolitano last season.
Granted, his return of four goals and four assists in 55 United appearances isn’t too strong, but the winger has never had a consistent run in the side.
He could serve as a wide option under Dyche that will add depth, especially given Anthony Gordon was lost and not replaced in January and Andros Townsend’s future is uncertain after recovering from a long-term injury.