Everton were ‘interested’ in a move for RB Leipzig midfielder Emil Forsberg before he signed a new deal at the German club.
That’s according to Kicker, who cover the Blues interest as part of their report on Forsberg’s new deal today.
They report that after days of rumours about a possible extension at the club, Forsberg has officially extended his deal until 2025.
That puts an end to speculation about the Sweden international, who has been at the club since 2015 but whose contract was expiring next year.
That had naturally sparked rumours about his future as Leipzig would have likely been forced to sell this summer if he had not signed a new deal.
There was interest in him, too, with Kicker reporting that Everton, Sevilla and Roma were all ‘interested’ in a potential deal.
Ultimately, though, Forsberg decided to renew with the club, making a ‘strong bid’ to keep him and the player being convinced by incoming manager Jesse Marsch.
It was because of those reasons he elected to ignore the interest from the likes of Everton and continue in the Bundesliga instead.
And in truth, a move to Goodison Park would have made little sense anyway. The Blues already have James Rodriguez and Gylfi Sigurdsson for the number ten spot, so he’d only be a replacement for one of those.
At 29 years of age, he is also well above the age bracket Marcel Brands likes as there would be little to no resale value.
Of course, it doesn’t matter now, but it’s hard to see why there was interest in the first place, other than it being a passing glance.