Agent confirms Everton turned down chance to sign 'energetic' £12.9m right-back this summer
According to Diego Carannante, Everton turned down the chance to sign Daniel Muñoz this summer, one of the agent’s clients.
What’s the story?
He said: “We were offering the player to Rafa Benitez’s Everton, but then we also talked about it with Fiorentina.
“Fiorentina liked the player but didn’t have the budget to buy him because there was a difference of €5m (£4.3m) between the €15m (£12.9m) that Genk were asking for and the €8m (£6.9m) of Fiorentina.”
As Carannante states, KRC Genk were asking for €15m (£12.9m) which Everton didn’t come close to spending.
Benitez spent just £1.7m after replacing Carlo Ancelotti, using it to bring Demarai Gray to Goodison Park from Bayer Leverkusen.
Everton’s reasons for rejecting Muñoz – who KRC Genk described as energetic when announcing his arrival – are not specified.
Eventually, the 25-year-old ended up staying in the Pro League with KRC Genk, and Carannante said the situation will be revisited in January.
Maybe then, Benitez might change his mind.
Why did Everton reject Daniel Muñoz?
The one position Everton fans were desperate to see reinforced this summer was the right-back department.
Everton have relied on Seamus Coleman for too long, and don’t have many natural options to compete with the Irishman.
Jonjoe Kenny is an option, while Mason Holgate and Ben Godfrey can play there if need be.
Attempts were made to sign PSV Eindhoven right-back Denzel Dumfries, but he eventually joined Inter Milan (Liverpool Echo).
Then, the Toffees made an offer to bring Ainsley Maitland-Niles on loan from Arsenal, although that deal never materialised (The Athletic).
Maybe Everton thought Muñoz was too expensive, or they simply hadn’t done their homework on the South American and didn’t want to rush into anything.
Keep an eye on this situation – if Coleman suffers a bad injury, perhaps Everton will take Carannante up on his offer in January.