After a rumoured fall out with left-back Lucas Digne, Rafa Benitez could be in a position to kill two birds with one stone, as fresh claims emerge on a speculated transfer target.
According to Italian news outlet, Gazzetta, Inter Milan are keen to make a single transaction transfer for a swap deal involving Matias Vecino and Digne, with Everton.
Vecino has recently been linked with the Merseyside club, with Calciomercato reporting that Everton were ‘in pole position’ to sign the Uruguayan midfielder last week.
Now if reports from Gazzetta are to be believed, the Toffees could secure a deal with Inter that would be beneficial for Benitez in both offloading a player he has seemingly irreparable differences with and gaining an individual that the club is speculated to have interested in.
Everton are believed to be only interested in selling their frozen out defender, as opposed to a loan deal, so the Italian giants will need to co-operate with the demands the Toffees have outlined, with ESPN reporting that they want £25m for their defender.
The £110k-per-week Frenchman has fallen out of favour in the side ever since reports surfaced that he had challenged his manager on the tactics, which turned into a training ground conflict that has, as a result, lead to him not making a single appearance in the squad on matchdays ever since the Merseyside Derby.
The Spanish manager has a risky decision to make on the defender after signing another left-back on the first day of the transfer window, with Vitaliy Mykolenko arriving.
Benitez clearly has no interest in integrating the 28-year-old back into the team, especially after going to the length of playing Seamus Coleman completely out of position to cover Digne, in a decision that didn’t pay off as the Toffees lost to Brighton on Sunday.
Everton are currently struggling to pick up points in the league and have fallen as far as 15th in the Premier League table, they have now made their second signing of the window, confirming Nathan Patterson earlier today, but will need to continue to strengthen the side to be in a position to climb the table.
They will surely do that be integrating their new signings quickly, while also welcoming Vecino through the doors and getting rid of one of their bad eggs in the process.
In other news: Alan Myers hints at more January transfer business