According to reports, Everton have joined AC Milan and Valencia in the race to sign Porto defender Ivan Marcano.
Marcano has moved around a lot in his career, having spent time in Spain, Greece, Russia and now Portugal. Calciomercato claims that AC Milan have identified the 30 year-old defender as a summer target, but face competition from Everton and Valencia.
According to the report, Marcano will have his pick of the clubs when his contract runs out in June, allowing him to choose his next destination based on wages and guarantees of playing time.
The central defender, who can also play as a left back, has been at Porto since 2014 and has been instrumental in their fantastic form this season.
Everton could do a lot worse than look to Marcano to solve their defensive woes. The 30-year-old Spaniard is valued at £7.2million on Transfermarkt, so getting him for free when his contract runs out would be a steal.
He has Champions League experience and title winning experience, having won the Greek Superleague in both 2012 and 2014 with Olympiacos. His age should not be a factor as it would be a free transfer, so even if he only served the Toffees for two or three years the move would be worth it.
Marcano has started 21 games for Porto in the league this year, and has grabbed three goals and an assist. He is superb in the air, rarely loses concentration, and has a knack for finding a forward pass to get his team on the attack quickly.
Whether or not Sam Allardyce will be Everton manager next season is still up in the air, but whoever is in charge at Goodison would be foolish not to pursue Marcano on a free transfer.
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