Everton have made an enquiry about 25-year-old Real Sociedad centre-back Diego Llorente, according to The Daily Mail.
It has previously been reported by The Liverpool Echo that Everton want to make five signings before the summer comes to an end, with centre-back among the areas Marco Silva hopes to strengthen.
As it stands, Everton’s main centre-back pairing is likely to be Michael Keane and Yerry Mina after Kurt Zouma returned to Chelsea, with Mason Holgate the possible third-choice central defender.
Of the two starters, Mina is the one Llorente would be most likely be able to overtake in the side, seeing as Keane started 33 Premier League matches last season.
Llorente made 1.2 tackles, 1.2 interceptions, 3.8 clearances and 0.7 blocks per game last season, as per WhoScored, while maintaining a pass success rate of 84.8%.
In comparison, Mina made 1.1 tackles, 0.6 interceptions, 3.8 clearances and 0.4 blocks for Everton last campaign, while completing 84.1% of his passes.
Llorente just edges out Mina across the board, but it could be expected that his numbers drop slightly, at least initially, as he adapts to life in the Premier League – especially when it is considered he won’t get much of a settling in period because of how close the start of the season is.
The fact that these two are quite close arguably makes this one of the smartest moves Everton could make.
With the pair battling for one place in the side, they would likely push each other on to improve their game so they can keep their place, while the one losing out has a realistic chance of forcing their way back in.
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