Chelsea are ready to meet the asking price for Matias Vecino, amid the midfielder’s recent links to Everton.
According to The Daily Express, the Blues are willing to fork out £23 million for the Uruguay international, who was linked with an exit from Inter Milan last month.
Apparently Antonio Conte would be happy to see the player depart, so he can reinvest in the summer.
Vecino has made 22 appearances in all competitions this season, and has started the last three games in Serie A.
The 28-year-old has been with the Nerazzurri since 2017 and has made a total of 92 appearances for the Italian giants.
The development could now see Everton spring into action, with the Toffees linked with the player in January (TMW).
Carlo Ancelotti is reportedly a fan of the central midfielder, who could make a real difference.
TBR’s view – Ball in Everton’s court
If the Express’ report is to be believed, then it’s now up to Everton to decide whether paying more than £23 million would be worth it.
The player will turn 29 at the start of next season, and £23m-plus would be a fairly large fee for someone of that age.
He hasn’t had a particularly outstanding season, scoring just three goals and making one assist. He also has a fairly average pass completion rate of 79% (WhoScored).
Defensively he has been decent though, making 1.8 tackles and 1.5 clearances per 90, but the club may be hoping to see Jean-Philippe Gbamin kick on in 2019/20 after an injury-ravaged debut campaign.