Everton boss Ronald Koeman has dispatched scouts to run the rule over Manchester United youngster Timothy Fosu-Mensah, according to CalcioMercato.
The former Southampton manager, who has already raided Old Trafford for Morgan Schneiderlin this term, is keen to begin searching for further reinforcements for next season and sees the versatile 19-year-old as a promising talent.
— Timothy fosu-mensah (@tfosumensah) February 26, 2017
Fosu-Mensah broke into the Manchester United first team under Louis Van Gaal last season but has been used sparingly by Jose Mourinho this campaign, making just three appearances.
While those facts may encourage Everton fans, the player’s contract situation may bring some disappointment.
The Netherlands U21 international penned a four-year deal at the club last season, surely stating how highly Mourinho rates the talented youngster.
Fosu-Mensah can operate anywhere across the back four and in holding midfield, adding much needed versatility that would be crucial in any Premier League squad.
Everton currently sit seventh in the table, just six points off a Champions League spot.
While Europe’s premier competition may be a tad optimistic given the strength of the teams above the Toffees, additions such as Fosu-Mensah could well give the team a chance to bridge the gap next term.
Koeman is notorious for developing young talent, with Mason Holgate, Ademola Lookman and Tom Davies all enjoying extended runs in the first team this term.
That ‘if you’re good enough, ‘you’re old enough’ mantra could well convince Fosu-Mensah that a move from Manchester red to Liverpool blue is the perfect move to re-engage a frighteningly promising career.