Everton could have a huge problem on their hands this summer if they are unable to keep Kurt Zouma at the club.
The Chelsea loanee has been outstanding for the Toffees throughout the campaign, however, there may still be a chance that his parent club will want him back at Stamford Bridge next season, as his future still remains in the air.
If Marco Silva’s side are unable to strike a permanent deal over the summer for the enforcer, then one defender that they are being linked to may help Goodison Park forget about Zouma a little easier should they sign him.
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Mundo Deportivo are claiming that Everton are preparing to make a move for Djene Dakonam this summer.
They state that the Toffees are waiting for the upcoming transfer window to come around and will look to trigger his €35million release clause (£30m).
However, there is a sense that they must act quickly as the likes of Arsenal and Leicester City have all taken note of the Togo international.
Although Zouma has been class for Everton this season and his potential departure will be a huge concern, Dakonam could be an excellent replacement in the summer and one that could fit in at Goodison Park with ease.
The Getafe defender has been a rock at the back for the La Liga side as they look to challenge for what would have been an unlikely Champions League spot at the beginning of the season. The Togoan enforcer has helped his side concede the second-fewest number of goals in the Spanish top-flight, recording more shut outs than Real Madrid and Barcelona.
Physically strong and blessed with pace and intelligence, the African also has an excellent ability of being able to put in a crucial tackle and is exceptional when it comes down to breaking up the play when it matters most.
He also has the versatility that could benefit Silva as he is able to play on the right-hand side of the defence, with the likes of Seamus Coleman and Jonjoe Kenney appearing to be a little off the pace for the Toffees recently.
£30m would have to be considered a steal for a player of Dakonam’s quality and ability and he is only likely to improve as he is still only 27-years-old.
However, with European football not appearing to be on the cards at Goodison Park next season, whilst Getafe and Arsenal can guarantee it and Leicester still with a possibility, this could be an extremely hard deal for Everton to get over the line.
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