Everton are ‘on the trail’ of Chelsea centre-back Malang Sarr, according to Gianluca Di Marzio.
Chelsea signed the defender last summer following the expiry of his contract at Nice and proceeded to loan him to FC Porto for the 2020/21 season.
Sarr, who can operate as both a centre-back and a left-back, made 19 appearances for Porto’s senior side and a further eight for the youth team. He has four years left on his contract at Stamford Bridge is valued at £9m by Transfermarkt.
The Athletic‘s Patrick Boyland wrote at the weekend that Everton were ‘continuing to monitor’ potential additions at centre-back as the window approaches its final week. That’s because ‘they’re not entirely happy’ with their current options.
According to Gianluca Di Marzio, Serie A side Bologna are said to be leading the race to sign Sarr. Today there will be a meeting between club officials and the player’s representatives, but it ‘will not be easy’ to reach an agreement given his high salary demands.
Everton and Bundesliga outfit Eintracht Frankfurt will look to capitalise on any impasse, with both clubs also tracking the 22-year-old.
Michael Keane’s poor start to the season suggests that Everton could do with a fresh face at centre-back to partner Ben Godfrey, but it’s unclear whether Sarr would actually represent much of an upgrade.
He failed to tie down a consistent starting spot at Porto, and that has to be concern for a potential suitors.
If anything, Everton would be better served pursuing a reunion with former loanee Kurt Zouma, who was also made available for transfer for Chelsea and is a proven Premier League operator. However, any such deal for him would likely be far more expensive (via The Athletic).
In other news, Michael Ball says this midfielder would suit Everton perfectly.
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