Caretaker manager Duncan Ferguson has backed Carlo Ancelotti to have a splurge in the January transfer window, as the Italian moves closer to signing a contract that will see him take charge at Everton.
Ancelotti’s legal team have reached an agreement with SSC Napoli that will see the former Chelsea, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich boss’ contract in Naples terminated, freeing him to join the Toffees.
The 60-year-old was fired by the Serie A side on December 10, just hours after guiding them into the Champions League Last 16, and has been in negotiations to replace Marco Silva at Goodison Park since.
A deal, worth a whopping £11.5million-per-year, is understood to have been finalised, and Ancelotti will officially take over from Ferguson after Saturday’s Premier League encounter with Arsenal.
Ferguson will be at the helm for the final time on Saturday, having overseen a 3-1 win at home to Chelsea, 1-1 draw with Manchester United, and a fighting comeback from 2-0 down against Leicester City in the Carabao Cup, before losing on penalties, during his time in charge.
The Scot has helped bring some fire back to our season during his caretaker stint, having taken over from Silva with the club inside the relegation places having won two of our previous 11 league games.
Now that his time is nearing an end, Ferguson has looked ahead to January and shared what he expects will occur at Goodison Park when the transfer market opens.
“We’ve got fantastic potential, haven’t we?” Ferguson said, via quotes by the Mirror. “We’re down to the bare bones at the minute in terms of injuries.
Where do we need to strengthen in January?
“I think we’ve got eight players with injuries – Theo Walcott, Morgan Schneiderlin, Gylfi Sigurdsson, [and] we’ve got Andre Gomes with a long-term injury.
“I think we’ve got a great team spirit and I think there’s something to build on. Of course, the new guy will come in with his own ideas and I’m sure he will be looking at the January transfer window – he can build, can’t he?
“We’ve got a massive game on Saturday and we want to be up for it and be ready, because it would be a massive three points for us.”
In other Everton news, reports have suggested a £17.1m-rated midfielder could be heading to Goodison Park in January.