Everton have set their sights on moving for Juventus’ defender Daniele Rugani, according to reports in Italy.
Rugani was highly regarded at Empoli and was co-owned by both the Tuscan side and the Old Lady until the two clubs came to an agreement of £2.9m (€3.5m).
He was so well thought of as a young player, he was compared to AC Milan’s legendary defender Alessandro Nesta, as per the Express.
Speaking to Calciotoday, Rai Sport’s Ciro Venerato confirmed that the Blues are in the race to sign the centre back alongside the likes of Arsenal and Leicester City.
Rugani has failed to make an impact at the Allianz Stadium and the former Chelsea manager Mauricio Sarri prefers the likes of Andrea Barzagli, Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci in terms of his starting line up, with the defender in question appearing in only 90 minutes of league action, as per WhoScored.
The only appearance that the former Italy international has made this season was during his side’s 2-1 win against Genoa back in October and has not taken part in any domestic action since.
Everton are desperately seeking defensive cover following their disastrous start to the season, and the newly-appointed manager Carlo Ancelotti will be aware of him from his time with Napoli.
After constant waves of criticism that have been fired his way all season, it could mean big trouble for Michael Keane. Former Spurs’ star Chris Waddle said that the £30m signing had been sloppy on international duty against Kosovo, as per BBC Sport.
Keane plays regularly but is no longer a favourite at Goodison Park after a catalogue of inconsistent performances. If Rugani makes the switch to the Premier League, the ex-Burnley man could have a fight for a starting berth, considering fellow central defender Yerry Mina beats the former Manchester United player in terms of making more tackles, blocks and clearances per game.
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