Everton have been linked with a double swoop on Paris Saint-Germain for full-back duo Thomas Meunier and Layvin Kurzawa by Le10 Sport, but the arrival of the French left-back could signal the end to Leighton Baines’ Toffees career.
Meunier has regularly been touted as a potential target of Marcel Brands since the January window, when the Parisian outfit sought to lure Idrissa Gana Gueye to Les Parc des Princes.
The Belgian has continued to be frozen out of a regular first-team spot under Thomas Tuchel since, and with his contract set to enter its final twelve months come July, is widely expected that the recently-crowned Ligue 1 champions will make the defender available in the summer.
Recent reports in France have also speculated that the Parisian outfit will sanction his departure for €30million (£25.6m), as they look to calm Financial Fair Play concerns on the back of signing Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.
We are not the only interested party in what the 27-year-old could offer, however, as Tottenham Hotspur are also understood to be keen on the 36-cap international as a potential successor to Kieran Trippier, while Manchester United, Napoli and Arsenal have all been linked.
Our interest in Kurzawa, meanwhile, is fresh, and comes after Le10 Sport ran a report stating that PSG Sporting Director Antero Henrique and President Nasser Al-Khelaifi are keen to move the 26-year-old on as part of a €60m (£51.3m) fundraising mission.
To appease their FFP concerns, though, that €60m must come before June 30, but Le10 Sport’s information hints that we are willing to take both Kurzawa and Meunier off their hands – potentially before their deadline, but for how much was not noted.
While a move for Meunier would have natural implications for Seamus Coleman, a move for Kurzawa would likely have repercussions for Baines, too.
The £70,000-a-week left-back is out-of-contract at Goodison Park this summer, and is yet to be offered an extension to prolong his stay on Merseyside into a 13th season.
If we are looking into the potential of signing Kurzawa, there would stand little reason in offering Baines a new deal as well, given Lucas Digne is the clear number one at present and one of Baines or Kurzawa would be acting as his understudy.
So far this season, Kurzawa has made 18 appearances for PSG across all competitions – scoring once and assisting four goals – having missed the opening 13 rounds of Ligue 1 fixtures with a herniated disc.