Arsenal’s acquisition of the defender David Luiz from Chelsea has been cited as the reason Marco Silva’s Everton saw an agreed deal for Chelsea star Fikayo Tomori collapse at the eleventh hour, according to Football Insider.
The Toffees had targeted Fikayo as a late candidate to succeed Blues teammate Kurt Zouma at Goodison Park but saw talks scrapped after Luiz signed for Arsenal on Deadline Day for a reported £8 million, with the Brazilian star penning a two-year deal at the Emirates Stadium.
A source from within the club is alleged to have now told Football Insider that a deal for Fikayo to spend the 2019/20 term on Merseyside had been agreed in principle between Chelsea and Everton, but was scrapped at the eleventh hour due to David’s hastily arranged transfer between the London rivals.
His move to the Gunners still left Lampard with eight possible centre-backs, but Tomori (1), Kurt Zouma (4) and Andreas Christensen (3) have been the only men deployed in the role during a PL game so far this campaign.
Marco, on the other hand, has three senior centre-backs in Mason Holgate, Yerry Mina and Michael Keane, who is yet to feature at the back in a league encounter – making his only PL outing of the term in place of Lucas Digne, following an injury to the French star sustained at home to Watford.
Tomori enjoyed a strong season in the second tier with then-Frank Lampard’s Derby County last term as the club reached the play-off final, but as is often the case, the EFL Championship represents a very contrasting challenge to defenders than the top-flight.