Everton are looking to strengthen their midfield during the January transfer window by bringing in Inter Milan midfielder Matias Vecino, according to reports in Italy, and it could be bad news for Morgan Schneiderlin.
The 24-year-old is surplus to requirements at the San Siro and Gazzetta Dello Sport (via TuttoMercatoWeb) revealed that the Serie A giants are looking to offload the 28-year-old to raise funds for other signings this month. The Blues have already made an enquiry to Inter about a purchase and were quoted £17m (as per the Express), less than his reported £25.6m price tag from last summer.
Vecino moved to I Nerazzurri for £20m from Fiorentina in 2017 and has scored just two goals from 17 appearances for the club this season. The Italian’s potential move to Goodison Park could pave the way for Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen to make the move to Milan, as per the Daily Mail.
Vecino is typically a central midfielder, who has also played games this season in the No. 10 role, as per Whoscored. His style consists of short passing and he is strong at getting in the way of attackers, with an average of 1.9 tackles, 1.1 clearances and a pass success rate of 75.9%. With the likes of Morgan Schneiderlin not impressing the Goodison faithful, the Frenchman’s departure could open the door for Vecino to come to Everton. Fans have described the 30-year-old France international as “not good enough” during the current campaign, and even that’s being fairly generous based on his Whoscored match ratings.
Due to their massive revenue loss revealed at the club’s AGM, the Blues will surely have to sell before they can buy and shift some big earners off the wage bill. However, based on all of the above, giving Schneiderlin (£100k a week) the boot in order to facilitate a move for Vecino could end up being very smart business.
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