Marcel Brands must ditch his favoured Everton approach and swoop for RC Strasbourg Alsace centre-half Mohamed Simakan in the January transfer window.
According to TuttoMercatoWEB, Carlo Ancelotti’s Toffees and Nuno Espirito Santo’s Wolverhampton Wanderers are beginning to show an interest in AC Milan’s defensive target ahead of the mid-season market.
Milan have been in discussions with Strasbourg over a potential deal for their 6 ft 1 enforcer, with a fee in the region of €15m and €20m (£13.6m and £18.1m) muted as decent value after the 20-year-old’s strong form thus far this season.
Simakan is believed to favour a move to the San Siro should he leave the Meinau Stadium in January, where he has helped to keep four clean sheets in Ligue 1 having started all appearances under Thierry Laurey this season.
Everton and Wolves are thought to be pressing ahead with efforts to hijack the Rossoneri’s deal, despite the Toffees purchasing Ben Godfrey from Norwich City for £20m in the summer.
Simakan has been one of the shining lights of Strasbourg’s challenging season in the French top-flight so far, with Laurey’s side engulfed in a relegation battle, yet his future appears set elsewhere.
Everton supporters would need to see their Director of Football Brands favour a new approach this winter if Ancelotti is to ever call on the youthful titan at Goodison Park, as the Dutch transfer chief is not a fan of mid-season deals.
He opposes winter transfers through a belief that clubs rarely wish to offload top-talents in the January window so demand extortionate fees, and he is unlikely to deviate far from his belief at the start of 2021 after the Blues announced loses of £139.9m in their latest annual accounts.
Instead, the priority will lieky be on offloading those deemed surplus to requirements under Ancelotti, yet exceptions are allowed in Brands’ plans if the right option suddenly becomes available – something Simakan would certainly be.
The youngster is highly-rated in France and was expected to be Strasbourg’s big-ticket sale in the summer, having impressed clubs from around Europe – including Milan, Everton, Tottenham, Southampton, RB Leipzig and Borussia Dortmund – with a versatile approach to his game.