Everton have withdrawn from the race to sign PSV Eindhoven’s Denzel Dumfries, according to Gazzetta dello Sport (via Sport Witness).
The player apparently asked his agent Mino Raiola to push for a move to reigning champions Inter Milan instead. Their interest ultimately ‘stimulated’ him more.
Why might Everton have been keen on Dumfries?
Dumfries made 30 Eredivisie appearances last season, scoring twice and providing six assists (via WhoScored).
The 25-year-old was called up to The Netherlands squad for the European Championships and shone in the group stages. He netted a late winner in the Dutch’s opener against Ukraine and was also on target against Austria.
Dumfries has two years left on his PSV contract and is valued at £14.4million by Transfermarkt.
According to The Athletic, signing a right-back is a priority for Everton after two years of scouting potential successors to the veteran Seamus Coleman.
Fan feed Toffee TV relayed Gazzetta’s claims, and here’s how fans reacted.
These Everton fans fuming after plug pulled on Dumfries move
“Unsurprising we’ve only needed a right back for 18 months. Gonna be an angry Goodison if we go behind to Southampton.”
“If true this is turning into an equally awful transfer window as previous ones – just for very different reasons”
“A massive missed opportunity”
“Done like a kipper yet again”
“We just aren’t spending money”
“Brands can’t even attract players he’s worked with”
In other news, Everton are leading this race for this attacker.
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