According to The Times, Everton are interested in signing Lille star Gabriel Magalhaes, while Arsenal and Leicester are also keen on the centre-back.
Well, The Times believe that defensive reinforcements will be the priority this summer as the Toffees failed to bolster that department last year.
Among the Merseysiders’ list of potential recruits is Gabriel, who has been enjoying a fine campaign for the Ligue 1 side this season, helping them to fourth in Ligue 1 while also impressing in the Champions League, registering two tackles, 2.2 interceptions and 3.7 clearances per game in Europe’s greatest club competition.
The Brazilian signed a new contract with Lille last month, although The Times reveal that he should be allowed to leave in the summer if an acceptable offer arrives – he is rated at £25m.
Surely, if Everton land Gabriel it should spell the end of Michael Keane at Goodison Park.
The England international has fallen well out of favour since Carlo Ancelotti arrived at the club, making only three Premier League starts under the former AC Milan, Real Madrid and Chelsea manager – these came against Newcastle, Brighton and Crystal Palace.
A handful of Everton supporters on Twitter were livid with his display against Leicester in the Carabao Cup quarter-final earlier this season, while they were similarly furious with him following a 3-2 defeat to Brighton.
Even when Jamie Redknapp included him in his Team of the Week, a few fans on Twitter disagreed!
If that doesn’t tell you how little they rate him, then not much else will.
The former Burnley man has found himself behind Mason Holgate and Yerry Mina under Ancelotti, so if Gabriel is brought to Goodison Park for a fee in the region of his £25m value, then surely it should spell the end of Keane on Merseyside.
In other news, Everton mustn’t hand Ancelotti this star with 42 goal involvements this term for one reason…