Everton line up stellar signing to replace Jagielka

By Mark Peters IN General,Transfers - 19:45 Jan 23rd 2017

Everton have really found their feet again in the Premier League of late, collecting 13 points from five matches to remain in the hunt for European qualification.

Ademola Lookman and Morgan Schneiderlin have already signed during the January transfer window and they are unlikely to be the only new arrivals at Goodison Park.

BRANISLAV IVANOVIC

According to reports in the Daily Express, the Merseyside outfit are considering selling Phil Jagielka to Sunderland and replacing him with Branislav Ivanovic.

Comfortable operating at right-back or in central defence, the 32-year-old has a wealth of experience to call upon, starting 240 times in the top-flight for Chelsea:

Branislav
Ivanovic
versusPhil
Jagielka
DEFPOSITIONDEF
32Y 11MAGE34Y 5M
6FT 2INHEIGHT5FT 11IN
14ST 4LBWEIGHT13ST 4LB
 
PL | CHE | | EVE | PL
08/07 - 01/1708/07 - 01/17
240
STARTS
265
21517
MINS
PLAYED
23888
22
GOALS
SCORED
10
H
7
F
14
GOALS
HEAD/FOOT
H
7
F
3
23
ASSISTS
9
100
CLEAN
SHEETS
92
257
GOALS
AGAINST
303
84
MINS PER
GOALS A
79
6
TOTAL
2

Despite playing a part in 100 Premier League clean sheets, the Serbia international has fallen out of favour at Stamford Bridge under Antonio Conte, prompting speculation that he could be ready to move on.

Truth be told, Ivanovic’s numbers are pretty similar to those put up by Jagielka in his Everton career, though the Chelsea defender is the younger of the two men by some 18 months.

Adding an experienced head with a habit of winning to his squad can only be a good thing for Ronald Koeman at this stage of the season, but it would be sad to see such a loyal servant making way for him.

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