According to the Evening Standard, Everton and Crystal Palace are set to battle it out for the signing of Roma’s Maxime Gonalons this summer.
Gonalons only joined the Italian giants last summer, but the high level of Roma’s midfield options often meant that, in the competition for places, Gonalons lost out.
With the 29-year-old seemingly surplus to requirements at the Serie A club, a battle has commenced between the Premier League sides eager to land his signature during this transfer window.
Before anyone else can make the Frenchman their own though, Burnley should consider making a move for the midfielder.
With Burnley facing a season with Europa League fixtures to contend with, on top of their Premier League commitments, Sean Dyche will be keen to add depth to his ranks. The senior squad at Turf Moor currently consists of only 25 players.
The addition of Gonalons will add extra depth to Dyche’s midfield contingent, and will also bring further quality, and experience of European football, to the middle of the park.
Gonalons is a player who would fit neatly into this Burnley outfit. The Roma man is technically excellent and reliably tidy in possession. He would also provide an extra layer of protection in front of the defence at Turf Moor.
The France international would fit in well alongside the likes of Jack Cork, Jeff Hendrick and Steven Defour, and would help to ensure that the Clarets have enough in their squad to contend with the gruelling season to come.
Transfermarkt value Gonalons at £6.75 million, but Burnley will have to act fast, and beat off their Premier League rivals, if they’re to land their man.