According to The Mirror, Everton are lining up Getafe centre-back Djene Dakonam if Chelsea do not allow Kurt Zouma to return to Goodison Park.
The Blues are currently under a transfer ban, which could potentially see them hang on to the Frenchman who starred for the Toffees whilst on loan last season.
Dakonam was one of the heroes of Getafe’s 2018/19 campaign as they only just missed out on a Champions League qualification spot, finishing fifth instead.
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The 27-year-old performed admirably at centre-back despite being just 5 ft 10, a height that you wouldn’t normally associate with a central defender.
Getafe value the 34-cap Togo international at £30m, and a deal may be pursued by the Merseysiders if they aren’t given the green light on Zouma.
It would certainly be a risk given his height and the physicality of the Premier League, but what do the writers of Football FanCast think about this transfer story?
“Dakonam is an excellent defender. Per WhoScored, he makes 1.6 tackles per La Liga game, on average, along with 2.2 interceptions and 4.4 clearances. His pass completion rate is just 71.9%, though, and he’d need to sharpen that up to ensure that he can be a hit in the Premier League. As it is, he’s got all the raw tools needed to be an exceptional top-flight defender. A deal at £30m, though, is something of a risk. He could just as easily flop as be a major hit. Everton should tread carefully.”
“If Kurt Zouma isn’t going to be an Everton player by the start of next season, then Everton will need to sign another Premier League-quality centre-back this window. However, I feel they should be targeting a big name with Premier League experience and Djene Dakonam just isn’t the answer. The 27-year-old would struggle in the top flight for me and his height is one of the reasons why. And £30m is a lot of money to pay for a defender who isn’t going to be able to cut it.”
“It’s a difficult one to work out because as good as Djene Dakonam has proven to be in Spain, there are some factors that perhaps suggest he wouldn’t cut it at Everton and in the Premier League. His pass completion is particularly poor which could make him somewhat of a walking disaster. There are surely far better options in the market if the Toffees are looking for a Zouma replacement. This is a deal that they must forget about.”