Everton fans in the Transfer Tavern are left feeling frustrated after hearing that a transfer target on their radar will not be for sale in the January transfer window.
The Toffees have been monitoring 23-year-old Riccardo Saponara after his impressive run of form for Serie A outfit Empoli.
Fellow Italian side Juventus have also been linked with a £10m bid for the young playmaker, a hefty amount to pay for a player yet to show signs of his true potential.
However, despite the generous bid from Juventus and Everton’s enquiries, Empoli sporting director, Marcello Carli, TalkSport quote him as telling interested clubs to forget about signing the Italian when the transfer window opens in two months.
“No one will move in January. We’ll keep all our players, then in June we’ll evaluate any offers that come in, in line with club policy. We’re used to rumours about our players, it means we’re doing well.”
“Saponara in particular is an important player for us, and his absence [through suspension] is weighing heavily. You have to see the positives in every situation though, and without Riccardo some interesting young players have had the chance to prove their quality.”
With Ross Barkley feeling the pressure of expectation on his youthful shoulders, the addition of a similar player in the shape of Riccardo Saponara may take some of the strain but until Carli is willing to negotiate, Everton will have to look elsewhere for their transfer purchases.
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