Everton are reportedly interested in a transfer move for Roma midfielder Steven Nzonzi this summer.
The 30-year-old joined Roma last summer in a deal reported by the BBC to be worth £27.3 million from Sevilla.
But it seems he could already be on the move. As reported by Leggo, the World Cup winner is up for sale at the Giallorossi and Everton along with Marseille have shown interest.
Of course, Everton have been linked before.
Nzonzi is a player adored by former Everton boss Sam Allardyce. It was under the guidance of the former England boss that Everton were being linked with Nzonzi’s signature.
Diario AS first reported that Everton were keen on the player before Allardyce himself was quoted by the Liverpool Echo as stating he would sign the player ‘tomorrow’ if he had needed to improve in central midfield.
“I would take Steven N’Zonzi tomorrow. He is one of my better buys in my lifetime…
“For me, knowing him from that age and knowing him now, yes I would like him but with the amount of midfield players I have at the moment I’d have to move some player out to bring a player like Steven in.”
If Allardyce’s interest is not enough to put fans off there are plenty of other reasons why Everton should avoid Nzonzi.
None of them are to do with his footballing ability. The midfielder could be a powerful recruit in the heart of Everton’s midfield.
However, the Frenchman turns 31 in December and Everton are trying to bring in younger players under Marcel Brands’ directorship.
Nzonzi would also command a huge wage and Everton are trying to trim their wage bill this summer. With nearly no potential resale value, it would be a poor move from Everton and one they should avoid.