According to the Mirror, Everton are lining up a £25m bid for Newcastle United captain Jamaal Lascelles – with Spurs and Chelsea also believed to be watching the defender in recent months.
The skipper has been a colossus at the back all season and has gained several admirers, with the story claiming the Toffees are preparing a big offer this summer in a bid to bolster their defence.
Everton are preparing a bid of £25m for Newcastle United’s Jamaal Lascelles. Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur are also interested in signing him. (Source: Mirror) pic.twitter.com/SY6ZCY6utp
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Fortunately, Lascelles is tied to the club until 2023 after signing a new improved six-year deal at the back end of last year, however there’s the worry that Mike Ashley would cash in at the right price – even if it involves a player so important to this side.
As we saw last summer, Everton aren’t scared to spend, but I do struggle to see why he’d swap captaincy at St James’ Park and playing each week under Rafa Benitez for a place in Big Sam’s side.
We’ll run the risk of losing him if we don’t show enough ambition and prohibit his England hopes as a result, but I only see him being remotely tempted this summer if Rafa left and/or one of the big boys came in with an offer the club couldn’t refuse.