Focus on Everton prospect Guilherme Siqueira
If Roberto Martinez does have to deal with the departure of full back Leighton Baines in the coming weeks, a decent replacement for the England international would be the signing Granada left back Guilherme Siqueira.
If a deal were to be struck struck a fee in the region of £5.5 Million would be likely. However it has been reported that Everton have made an initial offer of £3.4million, which was rejected.
With Italian citizenship, the Brazilian born Siqueira moved to Italy from Brazilian side Ipatinga in 2004. After a two year stint, including a loan move to Lazio, he moved to Udinese in 2006 and made his debut in September of that year. A loan move to Granada in the 2010/11 season was successful enough to secure a permanent switch to the Andalusian side after helping to win promotion from the Segunda División.
His performances in the last two seasons have resulted in a heightened profile which sees Everton having a probable opposition within the English Premier League with Swansea scouting the player as well as Turkish league champions Galatasaray, joining the race to sign him.
Faith Terim is known to be interested in Siqueira as a replacement for former Spanish international Albert Riera who is favored in a more forward position having been defensively exposed this season.
With Real Madrid now believed to have opened negotiations with Granada, Martinez and Everton could well need to increase their offer and in a timely manner.
27 year old Siqueira has scored on 13 occasions and assisted 4 times in 108 appearances for Granada and he still has four years left on his contract; a sign of the esteem in which his current employers hold him.
However Everton defender Sylvain Distin feels that the Liverpool club are already strong enough. The 35-year-old French defender said on Everton’s current squad of players: “The competition is there because it is a much bigger squad now and we do not need any more players.
“We have got three quality players in — which is great as we normally have a small squad.
“The new guys have felt at home from the very first day. It is really easy to settle down in a team like Everton because we’re a good group of guys who welcome anyone without a problem.”
Another player who is happy with the players at Everton’s disposal is fellow defender Phil Jagielka who said: “This is the strongest squad we’ve had for pre-season for a while.
“Normally it’s been interrupted and we’ve only had 12, 13 or 14 players but the manager has got probably 16 to 18 players plus a few of the younger lads on the periphery as well.”