In an interview with Italian media outlet Corriere della Sera, Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti has seemingly poured cold water on the club’s chances of signing Inter Milan midfielder Matias Vecino.
Well, the Toffees were linked with a move for the 28-year-old during the January transfer window, with Italian journalist Nicolo Schira saying on Twitter that the Merseyside outfit were in advanced talks to bring the Uruguay international to the Premier League, although the fee was a sticking point.
— Nicolò Schira (@NicoSchira) January 25, 2020
The switch never materialised in what was an uneventful end to the month for the club, but that didn’t stop Corrirere della Sera asking the experienced Italian about whether he’d be taking Vecino away from the San Siro.
As per Corriere della Sera, via a translation, Ancelotti said: “Don’t worry, he stays where he is.”
Considering the January transfer window is closed anyway and he can’t be prised away now, it would be easy to interpret the manager’s response as Everton ruling out a move for Vecino in future windows, too.
Of course, that can’t be said for definite but as things stand, the chances of the South American coming to Goodison Park look to have been well and truly quashed.
One would have to question whether the Merseyside outfit even need another player in that position too. They still have Jean-Philippe Gbamin and Andre Gomes to return from injury, with Gylfi Sigurdsson, Tom Davies, Fabian Delph and Morgan Schneiderlin – who was outstanding against Crystal Palace last weekend – already vying for a starting spot in Ancelotti’s preferred 4-4-2 system.
We’ll have to see what happens come the summer, but given Vecino turns 29 in August the club would surely be better off looking elsewhere for someone younger if they really do want a new central midfielder.
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