Richarlison’s £60 million sale to Tottenham marked the end of his tenure at Everton, and former Manchester United player Jesse Lingard has surfaced as a possible successor.
According to reports from The Echo, negotiations have already begun, and the player from Warrington may be interested in joining Everton to remain in his home region of the North West.
Lingard, one of many candidates being looked at, checks off several boxes for the Blues because he has a track record of success in the Premier League.
And it would only require a little financial investment because he would not attract a transfer fee.
Furthermore, it is undeniable that acquiring him on a free transfer would be a phenomenal deal.
The former Manchester United forward, whose contract at Old Trafford expired this summer, will be pursued by Blues manager Frank Lampard.
Richarlison was a forced transaction for the Goodison club as they had to sell him by June 30 in order to meet Premier League financial regulations and a deadline to decrease their losses.
However, Lingard is the perfect option at a time when the club is facing financial trouble since Lampard is desperate to enhance his forward line this summer.
After establishing a career at his boyhood club, United, he is said to be eager to stay in his native north west.
Following a fruitful loan stint at the London stadium a season ago, West Ham are again seeking the England international.
It is said that a number of other clubs, including Newcastle, have made approaches.
According to Sky Sports, West Ham are currently simply awaiting Lingard’s response and “remain hopeful” that he will join the team.
Given that several Italian clubs are reportedly interested in signing him on a free transfer, the player has some time to make his decision. Jose Mourinho’s Roma, Juventus, and Inter Milan have all indicated interest.
But as Lampard tries to establish a passing-based style of play at Goodison, the 29-year-old Lingard, who he knows from his playing days, would be a wonderful fit for his squad.
Even though the pay would be substantial, Everton has reduced its wage bill significantly this summer by getting rid of high-earners like Gylfi Sigurdsson, Cenk Tosun, and Fabian Delph.
With the signing of former Burnley defender James Tarkowski, whose contract with the Lancashire club expired on June 30, Lampard has already landed one high-profile free transfer this summer.
Since joining United as a pre-academy youngster at the age of seven, Lingard has made 298 appearances and netted 56 goals for his hometown team.
Additionally, he has 32 England caps and was a member of the squad that made the amazing run to the World Cup semifinals in 2018.
Everton were optimistic that they would be in a stronger financial position for the upcoming season after meeting the Premier League’s profit and sustainability requirements for the fiscal year ending June 2022 with the sale of Richarlison.
And it ought to entail support for Lampard in the transfer market, with free agents like Lingard being a particularly alluring offer for the Merseyside club.