According to Calciomercato, Everton are interested in signing Juventus defender Mattia De Sciglio this summer.
The Lowdown: Toffees struggling
As we approach the 2020/21 campaign, the Toffees remain in a difficult situation as they continue their search for a new manager after the departure of Carlo Ancelotti to Real Madrid (Sky Sports).
It appears that Rafa Benitez is the favourite to take over (The Telegraph), but even though he is not yet confirmed as the new boss, Everton must continue to pursue transfer targets.
The Latest: Everton eye De Sciglio
Calciomercato reported that Everton, along with Villarreal, are eager to sign De Sciglio from Juventus this summer.
The Italy international, who spent last season on loan at Lyon, could be available for as little as €5m (£4.3m) during this transfer window.
The Verdict: True bargain
There is no doubt about it – such a deal for De Sciglio would represent a huge bargain. The full-back has plenty of experience under his belt, making 151 appearances in Serie A (Transfermarkt) and winning the Italian league title on three occasions. He has also earned 39 caps for Italy and, in the past, he has even been compared to Italy and AC Milan legend Paolo Maldini (Goal.com).
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He has obviously not lived up that huge comparison, but that does not make him a poor player. For such a price, Everton would struggle to find a better performer in the market – even the fee being quoted for De Sciglio is €2.5m (£2.1m) and 33% lower than his €7.5m (£6.4m) market value (Transfermarkt). Marcel Brands should move quickly to try and secure his services amid Villarreal’s apparent interest.
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