According to The Mirror, Everton are taking an interest in AC Milan right-back Davide Calabria, who has impressed this season for the Italian giants, catching the Toffees’ eye as well as Manchester United’s with his performances.
Well, Marco Silva’s Everton have been keeping tabs on the Italy Under-21 international, who has made 23 appearances under Gennaro Gattuso at the San Siro this season.
Calabria has impressed in the defensive aspects of his game in the current campaign, with his tackling and concentration standing out alongside his willingness to bomb forward and be involved in the final third – the 22-year-old has one goal and one assist to his name in Serie A.
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The right-back, who came through Milan’s academy, has performed so admirably this season that he is even keeping Andrea Conti out of the side, a man who cost the club €24m in the summer of 2017.
As most of us know, Coleman has been at Everton for a while now – this summer will mark a decade since his arrival on Merseyside.
The Irishman has been a firm fans favourite for the majority of his time at Goodison Park having originally rocked up as an unassuming young full-back for just £150,000 from Sligo Rovers, but his performances this season suggest he is starting to decline as a footballer.
Jonjoe Kenny has made eight league starts this season in periods where Coleman has deserved to be dropped, but the 21-year-old has also done little to convince Silva that he should be starting consistently over the 30-year-old – a new face should probably be bought in to solve this issue.
And, with the reported interest in Calabria, Everton could have a player who becomes the next Coleman, such is his youthful age and ceiling to improve.
The 5′ 8″ Italian could potentially end up spending the same period of time with the Toffees as the Irishman has, whilst their similarities extend further with both of them possessing good stamina to get up and down and contribute to the attack – they are both also full-blooded defenders.