Gylfi Sigurdsson speaks on Everton’s plans ahead of season restart

Everton midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson has admitted that the coronavirus shutdown did not come at the best time for the Toffees, who were getting used to the style of play under Carlo Ancelotti. The Merseyside outfit have been on an upward curve since the appointment of Ancelotti in December and they are presently four points off a potential Europa League qualification spot.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Sigurdsson said that the Toffees are looking forward to the remaining games of the season and he is hopeful that the team can finish the campaign strongly, he told: “It’s not come at the best time, with the new manager being there for a while we were used to what he wants and we were looking forward to the last nine game of the season. We wanted to finish strong, but we’ve still got those nine games left so hopefully we can come back into training and really finish strongly.”

The Merseyside outfit had planned a mega spending spree under Ancelotti for the summer but the plans have been hampered with the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Still, reports suggest that the club’s owners are looking to back the manager with reasonable funds and the focus remains on strengthening the central defensive and centre-forward positions.

Lille’s Gabriel Magalhaes has been eye to reinforce the heart of the defence and reports have claimed that they have already agreed personal terms with the centre-back. The Toffees have been fancied to agree a deal worth £20m to land his signature. On the other hand, the club are looking into a possible move for Lazio’s Ciro Immobile.

The Italy international has been in superb form for Lazio this term with 30 goals from just 33 games. He is currently valued at around £43m but the Toffees are aiming to significantly reduce the price by offering Moise Kean as a makeweight.