According to Mirror Football editor Rich Jones, Everton are ramping up their interest in signing the Udinese centre-back this summer.
Jones tweeted: “Udinese defender Rodrigo Becão is attracting interest from Everton.
“Understand negotiations have not yet started but Everton have sounded out the centre-back over the prospect of a move this summer.”
Everton have almost completed a deal for James Tarkowski ahead of next season and adding another defender into the squad at Finch Farm alongside the former Burnley star will surely leave Frank Lampard excited at the prospect of having more depth to work with in his backline at Goodison Park.
Farhad Moshiri’s plot to move for Becao comes as it was reported Everton could be willing to let injury-prone Yerry Mina depart, whose lack of availability in the team last season contributed to the Toffees troubles in their relegation battle.
Becao impressed this season in Serie A, ranking first for success in completion of tackles (103) and fourth for tackles made in the entire Italian top flight. That’s as well as ranking tenth for tackle success in the entire top five European leagues.
The 6 foot 2 machine scored two goals and delivered one assist, made 2.3 tackles, 1.2 interceptions and 2.5 clearances on average per game, whilst winning the majority of his duels (61%) and proving successful in completing the majority of his dribble attempts too (63%) in 35 league appearances for Udinese.
With that being said, Becao would be a superb signing for Everton as they attempt to strengthen the team in a bid to avoid a similar situation to the one they found themselves last season and the Brazilian defender could be the perfect signing to make a positive impact on the Toffees next season.
The Merseyside club must act fast if they want to secure of the defender as Tottenham Hotspur are also reported to be interested this summer.