Everton: Toffees willing to make Renan Lodi offer
Everton are reportedly willing to make an offer for Atletico Madrid left-back Renan Lodi this summer, who is currently on loan at Nottingham Forest.
The Lowdown: Adapted well
Lodi has adapted fairly well to playing in the Premier League so far this season, as Steve Cooper has started him Forest’s last ten games in the division.
He ranks highly among his team-mates for average tackles, interceptions and crosses per match (WhoScored), and has been a key player in keeping Forest outside of the relegation zone.
The Latest: Everton interest
As per Spanish sources, the Toffees are ‘interested’ in signing Lodi this summer, when he returns to Atletico after his loan spell.
Forest will reportedly not activate the €30m (£26.4m) option to buy that they have, paving the way for the Goodison Park outfit to make a potential move.
Atletico would be ‘open’ to negotiate selling him for less, and the Merseyside club would be ‘willing to make a competitive offer’ for him.
The Verdict: Get it done
With Ruben Vinagre set to return to Sporting after his loan spell, Sean Dyche will only have Vitaliy Mykolenko to call upon in terms of senior left-back options in his squad.
Thus, signing another left-back to compete with the Ukrainian is imperative this summer, and Lodi would provide that.
The Brazilian would have a season of Premier League experience under his belt, while he has also played for a top European club in Atletico, with whom he helped win the La Liga title in the 2020/21 season.
Hailed as ‘hard-working‘ by Atletico boss Diego Simeone, Lodi has the right attitude to play under Dyche, and at 24 years of age, he is only going to get better.