According to Football Insider, Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti has been “won over” by loanee Djibril Sidibe and wants the club to sign him on a permanent basis this summer.
Well, the 27-year-old joined the Merseyside outfit on a season-long loan deal from Monaco during the summer transfer window.
Of course, Ancelotti wasn’t at the helm then but he has been a regular pick in the starting XI since the Italian arrived at Goodison Park in December, with Football Insider saying that the former Napoli boss is expected to give the green light to a permanent deal worth around £12m.
The report adds that while Everton are in pole position for the right-back’s signature, any deal depends on a financial agreement with the France international being reached, as well as meeting the stipulations of his loan-to-buy contract settled with Monaco.
He may well be, but it will certainly be interesting to see what happens this summer.
If the Toffees do sign Sidibe permanently and Seamus Coleman also stays on Merseyside, then things could get interesting when 22-year-old Jonjoe Kenny returns from his own loan spell with Schalke in Germany.
The 22-year-old has impressed in the Bundesliga and Everton director of football Marcel Brands said just last month at the club’s AGM, via The Liverpool Echo, that he expects the Englishman to return to Goodison and fight for a first-team spot at the end of the campaign.
Meanwhile, the Frenchman has certainly impressed in terms of assists this term with five in 21 appearances in all competitions having been kept on the substitutes’ bench by Coleman at the start of the 2019/20 campaign, but he has also looked suspect on other occasions.
Indeed, he struggled and “looked lost” according to The Liverpool Echo when he came on at right midfield against Crystal Palace at the weekend, and hasn’t always impressed defensively, either.
Ancelotti appears to have made his feelings clear on the player, described by Duncan Ferguson as “unbelievable” when he played through illness against Chelsea in December, according to Football Insider though. The Italian will be left to work out what happens with Sidibe, Kenny and his club captain next.
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