According to reports in the Mail on Sunday, Everton could be set to make a move for Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic as a potential replacement for long-serving Phil Jagielka – who is getting closer to re-uniting with David Moyes at Sunderland.
Since Chelsea’s switch to a 3-4-3 formation, Ivanovic has struggled to break into Antonio Conte’s side after the summer signings of David Luiz and Marcos Alonso, and it is believed that the 32-year-old is a target for Ronald Koeman.
The Serbian has only made one start since the season began in September, and despite being at Stamford Bridge for nearly a decade Conte is prepared to let him leave as he isn’t part of the Italian’s future plans.
Ivanovic has made 261 appearances for the Blues, scoring 22 times – with one of these a late winner as Chelsea secured their first ever Europa League triumph in 2013.
With one player potentially arriving at Goodison Park, it seems like there will be one heading towards the exit door by the end of Monday.
Gerard Deulofeu’s speculated move to AC Milan has been at the centre of controversy this past week after the Italian side announced the signing on Twitter – despite Everton denying a deal had been made – but Italian reports suggest that the Spaniard is in Italy to complete a medical today.
Tuttosport have alleged that Deulofeu’s fitness tests are taking place during Monday afternoon, and that Milan are hopeful to officially announce the signing (for the second time) later on that evening.
The reported deal for Deulofeu will see the 22-year-old be on-loan until the end of the current season, with an option for a permanent deal if Milan wanted to keep him.
The Spanish Under-21 captain has only managed six starts at Goodison Park this season, not featuring in any of Everton’s last seven Premier League fixtures after falling out of favour.
Ronald Koeman has missed out on the signing of 17-year-old young prospect Alexander Isak from Swedish outfit AIK Solna, with Borussia Dortmund announcing his arrival early this morning.
Everton had been interested in the youngster prior to the January transfer window, who is being touted as one of the best upcoming talents in Europe, but the German giants confirmed the £9 million signing today to end Toffee fan’s hopes.
Isak scored ten goals in 24 appearances for AIK last season, also becoming Sweden’s youngest ever goal-scorer on the international scene against Slovakia earlier this month.
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