Everton are reportedly interested in Girona defender Juanpe, according to reports in Spain this week. Fichajes relays the information that Everton, along with German side Freiburg, are keen on signing the talented central defender. The report claims the 27-year-old star has a release clause in the region of €10 million (£8.8 million). A report from RAC Sports 1 has stated that Everton offered €5 million (£4.4 million) for the player when Steve Walsh was at Goodison Park and maintain their interest.
Juanpe has had an excellent season with Girona. He played 35 games for the club last season and excelled at the back for the side, who finished 10th in La Liga last season. Not only is he a brilliant defender, but he is also a threat going forward, scoring five goals last season. For many La Liga fans, he is one of the most underrated defenders in the Spanish top flight.
Everton need a new defender in the summer and have been linked with big money moves for the likes of Jamaal Lascelles and Matthijs De Ligt. So bringing in Juanpe may seem like a lack of ambition from Everton.
However, he would be an absolute bargain at £8.8 million.
Everton, in reality, could do with bringing in more than one new central defender and therefore a cheaper option needs to be brought in.
Juanpe fits that role perfectly and Everton would be wise to bring him in.