Everton are one of many teams said to be tracking the situation regarding Toulouse defender Issa Diop this summer. Fulham and West Ham are also said to be keen on the young centre-back, who has been earning rave reviews for his performances in Ligue 1.
The Daily Mail has reported this week that the French side wants £26 million to sell the player. That is, of course, a sizeable price-tag. But, in the modern age, that could end up being a bargain for a player of Diop’s undoubted natural talent.
Everton, in particular, should be considering spending that much on the 21-year-old.
The Toffees need to overhaul their defensive options this season. Phil Jagielka has transcended into veteran status. Ashley Williams was poor throughout last season and is surely on the chopping block at Goodison Park. Meanwhile, Ramiro Funes Mori has proved injury prone recently and is also being linked with a move away.
Last summer Everton spent big to sign Michael Keane from Burnley. He struggled after first heading to Merseyside but, in the latter stages of last season, looked far more worthy of a place in the Everton starting XI.
Next season Everton will want to build on that and pairing him with Diop could be a perfect blend.
The Toulouse defender is fast, strong, powerful but also excellent with the ball at his feet. If he and Keane could form a partnership, it is one that would stand the test of time at Everton.
Diop has all the natural talent to be as good as the likes of Virgil van Dijk at Liverpool, Davinson Sanchez at Tottenham Hotspur or Eric Bailly at Manchester United. In fact, in terms of parallel players, Liverpool’s £75 million Dutch henchman is a great comparison.
Bringing in a player with that much ability at £26 million? Doesn’t sound so costly when looked at from that perspective.