Marco Silva has confirmed Everton are in the market for a right-back to offer competition for Seamus Coleman.
The Ireland international rediscovered his best form towards the end of last season after some long-term struggles in attempting to recover from a broken leg suffered in 2017.
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- Everton have allowed Jonjoe Kenny to move on loan to FC Schalke.
- That leaves Coleman and Cuco Martina as their only senior right-backs.
- Martina spent last season on loan with Stoke City and Feyenoord respectively and is expected to leave this summer.
- The Blues have been linked with Santiago Arias and Reece James.
- Everton have made three summer signings so far: Jonas Lossl, Andre Gomes and Fabian Delph.
However, Coleman turns 31 next season while Everton have allowed England U-21 international Jonjoe Kenny to leave for FC Schalke on loan.
And with the Toffees being linked with the likes of Santiago Arias from Atletico Madrid – who recently completed the signing of Tottenham Hotspur’s Kieran Trippier – and Chelsea’s Reece James, Silva has confirmed it is a position he wishes to strengthen.
He told Liverpool Echo: “In this moment, and since Jonjoe went on loan to Schalke, it has been a position we want to strengthen.
“You cannot go through a tough competition like the Premier League with just Seamus Coleman.
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“We are really, really happy with Seamus, he finished last season on a very good level but, of course, we have to sign a right-back also.”
A slow start to the summer transfer window saw Everton make just one signing: goalkeeper Jonas Lossl from Huddersfield Town.
However, things have moved up a gear now with the Toffees completing the permanent transfer of midfielder Andre Gomes for £22m, while Fabian Delph arrived from Manchester City on Monday for a bargain £8.5m.