Paul Merson feels Diego Simeone would consider a shock move to Everton

Former Arsenal star Paul Merson feels Diego Simeone would prefer the opportunity of managing a Premier League club with Atletico Madrid having dropped their performance levels this term. The Argentine has emerged as a surprise target for Everton with major shareholder Farhad Moshiri looking to recruit a head coach of high pedigree following Ronald Koeman's dismissal.

Speaking on Sky Sports, Merson believes Simeone could be tempted to takeover the managerial reigns at Goodison Park with Atletico Madrid's progress on the decline in recent months, he said, "This is where it has taken Simeone now. People are saying he might be a bit big for the club but he's been around a long time, Atletico Madrid are not the team they were and they are falling behind a bit. He'll look at the Premier League and think 'right, I'm not going to be manager of Liverpool, Man City or Arsenal, maybe Chelsea' and all of a sudden, Everton are the next best thing. Even with where they are, they are the next biggest club with money and big wages, then he's in the Premier League."