Everton are reportedly lining up a summer swoop for Catania defender Luka Bogdan.
According to reports in Italy, Everton are hoping to secure a summer deal for Bogdan, a towering defender who has enjoyed an excellent season in Serie C for Catania.
Everton fans might have their doubts about signing a player from Italy’s third tier, but Bogdan is highly regarded and has been a huge part of lifting Catania to second place, conceding just 24 goals in 28 games along the way.
It is no secret Sam Allardyce is lining up potential summer deals for defenders, and Bogdan is not the first name linked and he won’t be the last. Still, a cut-price deal for the up and coming star could be on the cards for the Toffees this summer.
Bogdan is only 21, but has enjoyed a fantastic season for Catania, starting 24 games in their quest for promotion. He stands at 6’4”, so could bring a towering presence to the Everton back line.
The young defender is a real threat in the air, and has grabbed a goal this season from the back. He has represented Croatia at U15, U16 and U19 level, but is still waiting for his first senior call-up.
Of course, any move for Bogdan would be a long-term plan. Valued at just £270,000 on Transfermarkt, the 21 year-old could be a bargain deal just waiting to explode in the right environment.
That said, the best option for Everton would surely be to loan the defender back to Catania if they get promoted, as the immediate jump from Serie C to the Premier League could just be too much.
With Ashley Williams and Phil Jagielka reaching the end of their Everton careers, there is certainly a need for a long-term defensive force at Goodison. Still, any move for Bogdan must be accompanied by a more immediate star to partner the likes of Michael Keane and Mason Holgate in the near future.
Everton fans, do you think a move for Bogdan could be a shrewd investment? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below…