Everton could be handed a second shot at Bayern Munich striker Joshua Zirkzee this summer, with the player unlikely to have a place at the Allianz Arena.
That’s according to Soccer News, who say the Dutchman ‘will not be a second striker’ at Bayern next season if things continue how they are.
They explain that the German giants are ‘satisfied’ with the performances they’ve gotten out of Eric Maxim Chupo-Moting and will probably extend his contract at the end of the season.
That will see Zirkzee, who has failed to impress on loan at Parma after being sent there in the January transfer window, fall further down the pecking order.
He had ‘caused a furore’ acting as a substitute to Robert Lewandowski, but Bayern were not ‘completely satisfied’ with him and persuaded Chupo-Moting to replace him.
That led to Zirkzee’s loan to Parma but, partly due to a serious injury, that loan spell can be described as ‘disappointing’ at best.
Bayern are happy with Choupo-Moting, and they will ask him to continue, and that will mean Zirzkee is out of the picture, opening the door for Everton.
They were keen in the January transfer window and made a bid if reports in Germany are to be believed, only for the striker to head to Italy instead.
Whether they are still keen isn’t known, and Soccer News don’t mention them, but it would make sense if they were.
Zirkzee fits perfectly into the Marcel Brands transfer strategy, that is, a young player who Everton can develop and then potentially sell on for a profit in future.
It remains to be seen if they do revive their interest come the summer, but Zirkzee is definitely a name to keep an eye on.