Everton have reportedly learned the new asking price to sign summer target Rodrigo Becao in the January transfer window.
The Lowdown: Summer transfer talks
The Goodison Park outfit were reportedly in talks to sign the 26-year-old in the summer, but a move never materialised for the Udinese defender.
The Toffees did bolster their backline with the signings of Conor Coady and James Tarkowski from Wolves and Burnley respectively, but they could look to strengthen further after finding themselves 17th in the Premier League table going into the mid-season break.
The Latest: New asking price for Becao
As per Tuttosport (via Sport Witness), Everton will need to pay at least €12m-€13m (£10.4m-£11.3m) to sign Becao in January, a price which has gone up from the €10m (£8.7m) requested by Udinese in the summer.
While the new figure is ‘not impossible’ for Frank Lampard’s team to reach, Inter Milan have now joined the race alongside Torino and Fenerbahce for the centre-back’s signature.
The Verdict: Get it done
Once hailed as ‘insurmountable‘ by journalist Bruno Queiroz, Becao has been one of the standout central defenders in Europe’s top five leagues over the past year.
He ranks in the top 3% for progressive passes received and the top 5% for tackles and touches, while he is also in the top 12% for non-penalty goals (as per FBRef), showing how much of a threat he is in both boxes.
At 6 foot 3, the Brazilian colossus could really stake his authority in Everton’s defence, and his all-round game could be well suited to the Premier League.
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