While Everton are closing in on a deal for Watford’s Richarlison (via the Daily Mail), the club look set to miss out on one of Marco Silva’s other key targets.
The Toffees had been chasing Barcelona central defender Yerry Mina, who impressed at this summer’s World Cup while playing for Colombia.
However, the Colombia international now looks certain to remain at the Nou Camp.
Mina was quoted on Goal speaking about his desire to stay at Barcelona, despite receiving many offers, meaning Everton will now have to look elsewhere for central defensive reinforcements.
And Chelsea could be a good place to start for the Toffees.
As reported by publications such as the Evening Standard, new Chelsea head coach Maurizio Sarri is also hoping to bring in a new centre-back before the transfer window closes next month with a move for Juventus’ Daniele Rugani currently in the works.
Rugani’s potential arrival at Chelsea could open up the door for Kurt Zouma to leave Stamford Bridge, a possible scenario that should be of interest to Everton.
Zouma, who is valued at £13.5m by Transfermarkt, is the ideal alternative to Mina.
Like the Colombian, Zouma is dominant in the air and is rarely beaten when going up for headers.
Zouma also has the pace – something lacking in most of Everton’s current centre-back options – to quickly get back into position and make recovery tackles when necessary.
Before his long-term knee injury, the France international had become Chelsea’s first-choice central defender ahead of the likes of John Terry and Gary Cahill and was well on his way to becoming one of the very best in his position.
By no fault of his own, Zouma has stagnated, and being part of a Stoke City side that were relegated may have people questioning the 23-year-old’s ability.
However, Zouma is still a quality defender, who would improve Everton’s backline massively.