Everton appear to be the front-runners for Belgium international Axel Witsel’s signature this summer and are reportedly set to seal a transfer worth £28.5m for the midfielder.
In recent days the Toffees have also been linked with Manchester United star Juan Mata, however with the deal apparently on the back burner, new manager Ronald Koeman seems set to bid for Witsel first.
The Zenit St Petersburg player was of course on international duty with Belgium this summer during Euro 2016, before his side were knocked out by Wales in the quarter finals.
Despite that surprising 3-1 defeat, Everton remain keen to recruit Witsel, as Koeman looks to revamp a squad which finished in 11th spot in the Premier League last season.
And with such a large transfer fee being talked about on social media, it was only a matter of time before the club’s fans had their say on the potential new signing:
— Matt Sumner (@ElmoArt82) July 4, 2016
@MirrorFootball still can't get my head around the fact we've got serious money for once
— Patrick Hywel (@Patch0311) July 4, 2016
— . (@sosevertonian) July 5, 2016
Everton just signed Axel Witsel on my Footie Manager save, fucking unrealistic game.
— Jack Merton (@jackbmerton) July 5, 2016
— Paul Quinn (@upaul2) July 5, 2016
Looks like Axel Witsel is set to join Everton, not really seen a lot of him, hopefully he doesn't flop
— TheToffeeBlues (@EvertonNewsFeed) July 5, 2016
@EvertonNewsFeed anyone is better than McCarthy
— Nigel (@nigekneale) July 5, 2016
@EvertonNewsFeed he's a massive upgrade on what we have already
— Griff (@bolski91) July 5, 2016
Joining Everton for the money… What the fuck… Can't believe we're signing Axel Witsel hahahaha
— #WelcomeRonald (@Stxnes__) July 5, 2016
@Stxnes__ I got a feeling we going to sign a lot more players now dure to what we can offer them in wages
— steve (@stevie1919) July 5, 2016
— Everton Musings (@EvertonMusings) July 5, 2016
@FootySuperTips yes we should but we need a quality keeper and a winger too……plus I take bony +£20m for lukaku
— mark langton (@knocker_1878) July 5, 2016
@FootySuperTips seems a bargain compared to benteke
— Craig Dempster (@craig23dempster) July 5, 2016
Liverpool fans when Everton sign Mata, Witsel and Pellé and your linked Zielinski . pic.twitter.com/SsEVeWotoG
— Danny (@Dxlboyy) July 5, 2016
While Witsel and Mata are rumoured to be the newest additions at Goodison Park, it remains to be seen which players will be heading for the Merseyside exit.