In Focus: Croatian international Kalinic could be inspired signing by Everton

As reported by Croatian outlet Sportske Novotski, Everton are readying a big bid for Gent goalkeeper Lovre Kalinic this summer.

What’s the story?

Reports from The Daily Mirror last month suggested Ronald Koeman was preparing to bring Sunderland number one Jordan Pickford to Goodison Park but it appears he’s keeping his options open and casting his eye to the continent for a goalkeeping solution.

Sportske Novotski say Croatian international Kalinic has emerged as a top target for Ronald Koeman after an impressive stint at Belgian side Gent. With new and significant resources available to him, the outlet says that Everton could even be prepared to pay up to £17.5m for the 27-year-old.

Could this be one of the inspired signings of the summer?

Who is he?

Kalinic has experience of facing English Premier League sides already, he was between the sticks earlier this year when the Belgian side shocked Tottenham Hotspur in the UEFA Europa League, knocking them out of the competition.

He’s had an impressive season domestically too, winning goalkeeper of the year in Belgium despite having only joined Gent in January. The Croatian kept a huge nine clean sheets in just 23 domestic matches.

Having previously won similar awards in his native country, it’s clear he’s a goalkeeper who can show the consistency required to be a success in the Premier League.

While the reported £17.5m is a lot of money, there’s no doubt Everton can afford it and if a move for the shot-stopper solves their goalkeeping woes next season then it would be worth it.