This summer, according to Corriere Dello Sport, Everton were interested in snapping up Gremio defender Walter Kannemann. The report claimed Everton were one of several European teams who had been impressed by the 27-year-old’s displays in Brazil.
Infamous for shackling Cristiano Ronaldo during his time at San Lorenzo, the left-footed bruiser was the sort of no-nonsense defender some Everton fans wanted to see at the club.
Instead, Everton went after bigger fry than Kannemann, whose German passport would have negated the work permit concerns, and signed Yerry Mina from Barcelona.
Were it not for his German heritage, a work permit would have been hard to come by for Kannemann. When Everton were being linked with his services, he had never played for his country.
But that has now changed. His excellent form in Brazil has finally gained recognition with La Albiceleste.
He made his international debut for his nation last month, in a 3-0 friendly win against Guatemala.
He obviously did enough to impress. The summer Everton target has been called up once again for the October internationals against Iraq and Brazil. His selection comes ahead of Federico Fazio and the injured Marcos Rojo.
Everton would do well to continue tracking the Argentine. At this rate it appears he could be a late bloomer and bringing him to Goodison Park might be an option in the near future.