Everton must pay for Serie A youngster

Juventus' Luca Marrone

Everton have failed in a bid to sign Juventus midfielder Luca Marrone on loan, according to The Express.

New Toffees boss Roberto Martinez was interested in bringing the 23-year-old to the Premier League on a season-long loan deal, but the Serie A champions are insisting there must be a permanent deal.

Reports in Italy claim that Everton could secure Marrone’s services for £9million, with the youngster struggling to find a place in the first team. Marrone must compete with the likes of Vidal, Marchisio and Pirlo for a first team role.

Marrone joined Juventus as a six-year-old and has worked his way up through the club ranks, but it seems his future with the Old Lady may be over now that Everton have been told a fee. But it is expected that Martinez will struggle to convince the board to approve a deal worth £9million for just one player.

Martinez has been looking to offload players in an attempt to raise funds, but has struggled after Hamburg reportedly pulled out of a deal to sign Nikica Jelavic. The Toffees have been heavily linked with a move for a new defensive midfielder, with rumours linking Momo Sissoko with a move to Goodison Park as well.

Everton will hope to have their squad near completion when they face Norwich on the opening day of the new season on Saturday August 17th.

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