According to an interview from Italian outlet Corriere della Sera via Sport Witness, Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti has seemingly ruled out a move for Inter Milan midfielder Matias Vecino despite numerous reports linking the player with a switch to Merseyside.
Vecino, who has started just 12 games under Antonio Conte as Inter chase their first league title since 2010, is currently finding life difficult at the San Siro despite a brilliant debut season in 2017/18. The Uruguayan, who was previously described by ESPN as a ‘physical‘ and ‘graceful‘ midfielder three seasons ago, has been linked with a move to Everton throughout the January transfer window, especially considering Ancelotti’s ties in Italy.
A report from Calciomercato previously indicated that Inter were looking to offload Vecino to Everton in order to pave the way for new signing Christian Eriksen, but as time has gone on, the Serie A league leaders have managed to sign the Dane whilst also keeping hold of Vecino.
The ESPN piece also claimed that Vecino has ‘everything‘, but despite their glowing analysis of the 28-year-old, manager Ancelotti has ruled out a move for him in the exclusive interview. Compared to fellow midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson, Vecino averages more tackles per game (1.9) and interceptions (1) – but the Icelandic player trumps him in terms of pass accuracy (82%) and efforts on goal (1.4), as per WhoScored.com.
Even though both individuals have different playing styles, this may be an indication of what Vecino could’ve brought to the table at Goodison Park, with that degree of solidity in front of Everton’s back four looking like an attractive incentive to pursue.
However, the Toffees gaffer has ruled out a move for him, putting the rumours surrounding his signing to bed, at least for now. Whether or not this is a wise move remains to be seen, but the summer window could be an interesting period for Everton ahead of a potentially exciting 2020/21 campaign.
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