In this instalment of our TT Roundup, Football Transfer Tavern have gathered three of the biggest stories involving Everton over the past week and have provided our thoughts on the reports published.
Everton want Immobile
Reports from Italy’s Tuttomercatoweb say that Carlo Ancelotti is interested in bringing Lazio striker Ciro Immobile to Goodison Park this January. They say (via Read Everton) that the Toffees are willing to make a huge bid to land him, but his club do see losing him as “unthinkable”, particularly during the January window.
The 29-year-old has been on fire in Serie A this season, having netted an impressive 19 goals in 17 games before this weekend (via WhoScored). With Everton’s top goalscorer before the latest round of fixtures being Dominic Calvert-Lewin on 10 goals, the report believes Ancelotti is prioritising a striker to give them a boost in front of goal.
From the reported response to rumours by the Serie A side, some may believe any deal would be dead in the water, until at least the summer. However, if Everton are willing to pay over the odds for the player, who’s rated at £40.5m on Transfermarkt, then it could at least test Lazio’s resolve.
Although the Italian isn’t a long-term signing considering his age, he’s a proven goal scorer with 107 goals for the club. He’d finally be the Romelu Lukaku replacement that the Toffees have failed to sign since his departure in 2017 and would be the perfect man to take the pressure off Calvert-Lewin, who’s still just 22-years-old.
Ancelotti eyes Roma duo
According to Gazzetta dello Sport (via Sport Witness), the new Everton boss has his eyes on more Serie A talent. The names being mentioned are midfielder Steven Nzonzi and Roma teammate 22-year-old attacking midfielder Cengiz Ünder.
Nzonzi, at 31-years-old, is currently on loan at Galatasaray but was suspended for an incident in training, which could provide an opportunity for Everton to swoop in. In Ünder’s case, Gazzetta say Roma would need at least £29m on the table before they start to negotiate considering how highly they rate the youngster.
Nzonzi’s experience with Sevilla, Roma and Blackburn in the Premier League could be valuable as Ancelotti looks to implement his own ideas on the Everton squad and move them up the table. However, buying another midfielder a similar age to Fabian Delph, 30, could be a step to the side rather than forward.
Cengiz Ünder would surely bring more excitement than Theo Walcott now does, with many fans having given up on him after his derby performance last week. However, with Roma appearing to be holding out for a large fee, it’s another risk that the club will be taking in the hope that he can hit the ground running.
Bentaleb offered to Toffees
The Times have reported that Schalke have offered Everton 25-year-old ex-Tottenham midfielder Nabil Bentaleb. He’s not been part of the club’s first team for over a year due to ‘unprofessional behaviour’ (according to Sky Sports) and the Algerian now wants a return to the Premier League if reports are true.
The central midfielder played 66 games for Spurs during his time at White Hart Lane and is desperate to come back to England. The report also says he’s been offered to Aston Villa and Sky Sports have said Crystal Palace are interested, so the Toffees may have to move fast to secure the out-of-favour man’s signature.
With Andre Gomes out injured for the foreseeable future, Ancelotti arguably needs to sign a central midfielder. However, with Bentaleb not playing first-team football at all so far this season, it would be a huge risk to bring him to Goodison Park when the club need players to perform straight away given their league position.
During the 2014/15 season, he impressed in the Premier League for Spurs, making 25 starts and earning a WhoScored rating of 7/10. The club finished fifth that year and 11th-placed Everton would surely take that in a heartbeat, but the Toffees can’t be sure he’s going to replicate the form of half a decade ago.
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