Everton could sign '£50m' Mina upgrade after source reveal - pundit

By Alan Hutton

6th May, 2022 | 6:00pm

Everton could sign '£50m player' to replace Yerry Mina after source's reveal - pundit

James Tarkowski would be a “serious upgrade” on the likes of Yerry Mina and Michael Keane at Everton, according to Alan Hutton.

The former Scotland defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed the 29-year-old was valued at “£50million” in the not-so-distant past.

An Everton source told this site on Saturday (30 April) that the Toffees are interested in signing Tarkowski on a free transfer this summer – if they can preserve their Premier League status.

Director of football Kevin Thelwell was at Turf Moor last month (24 April) to run the rule over the centre-back during Burnley’s 1-0 Premier League win over Wolves.

Tarkowski, who has made 32 Premier League appearances this term, is out of contract at the end of this season.

Hutton suggested a deal for the England international would be “an absolute no-brainer”.

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“It’d be a good addition for Everton,” he told Football Insider‘s Ewan Kingsbury.

“It wasn’t long ago that we were talking about a £50million player in Tarkowski.

“To get him on a free, it’s an absolute no-brainer. He knows the league inside out, he’s battle-hardened, and he wants to fight for his life out on the pitch.

“Everton want to be in a better position next season if they can stay up, and I think he’d be a serious upgrade on their current options – the likes of Yerry Mina and Michael Keane.

“It’s an area where they’ve really struggled recently.”

Everton sit two points from safety with a game in hand on 17th-placed Leeds United.

Injury-hit Mina, who is out of contract in June 2023, has managed just five league appearances in 2022.

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