RB Leipzig’s Tom Krauss rejected a move to Everton this summer.
Sky Sports Germany have reported that Everton were keen on signing the midfielder, however he has ruled out a move to England as Mainz close in on a deal.
Krauss spent nine years in Leipzig’s academy before making his senior debut in 2020. However, he failed to force his way into the first team set-up and was sent to Schalke on loan last season.
Despite the campaign ending in relegation, Krauss impressed and has now attracted attention from the Toffees.
Everton have already parted ways with Tom Davies, while Amadou Onana also looks increasingly likely to leave the club this summer with Chelsea and Arsenal sniffing around.
The Premier League club are in desperate need of some midfield reinforcements and it was thought that Krauss could be the perfect addition.
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Florian Plettenberg reported back in May that Everton were pursuing a deal for the 22-year-old who was said to be available for between €5-7 million, however Krauss didn’t want to move to Merseyside.
The German has now ‘agreed a contract’ with Mainz and looks increasingly likely to remain in the Bundesliga next season.
Tom Krauss could have been one for the future for Everton
Once hailed as ‘outstanding’ by U23 talent scout Antonio Mango, Tom Krauss is regarded as a talented young midfielder in the Bundesliga.
Krauss wasn’t able to showcase his abilities at Leipzig but caught the eye of a number of clubs during his time with Schalke and the small price tag may prove to be a real bargain.
Everton’s financial issues may mean that Krauss could have been a huge asset to them, however if he was desperate to remain in his native country then there was not much Sean Dyche’s side could do.