Everton are making transfer plans in January and Rafa Benitez is aiming to land AC Milan defender Alessio Romagnoli, according to a report.
Romagnoli, 26-year-old is one of two Milan players who have so far refused to sign a new contract and Everton are trying to capitalize.
Franck Kessie is the other rebel in the Rossoneri contract and technical director Paolo Maldini issued a warning to the pair over the weekend.
Speaking of the late Manuel Locatelli, Maldini said Going through Calciomercato: “Locatelli? We asked him to stay, he asked to leave. In Milan, only those who are motivated and want to stay.
It is unclear whether this will push center-back Romagnoli to sign a new deal or move closer to the exit door.
But, according to CMW, (Going through sports witness) Everton boss Benitez wants Romagnoli in January.
The 12-cap Italian international will see his contract expire at the end of the season. That means he can discuss a transfer elsewhere with a foreign club in January.
Inter Milan and Juventus are also reportedly interested in a free transfer from the defender. Officially, the Serie A pair will have to wait until next summer to negotiate. Everton can move forward with talks in the winter window, however.
And according to the report, the Toffeee “plan to make an offer to the Rossoneri as early as January”.
Everton have been mentioned as a contender ahead of Benitez’s arrival at Goodison. But it appears Benitez has given the green light to recruiting guru Marcel Brands for Romagnoli.
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The former Roma star has captained Milan in his last two games, including Sunday’s 1-1 draw against Juventus.
Romagnoli’s signing would be a knockout blow for Everton, as Benitez looks to add strength to his bottom line.
Everton have had a good start to the season, but were beaten 3-0 by Aston Villa this weekend. Michael Keane and Yerry Mina the two starting center-backs.
The player was a target for Man Utd at the start of the year, according to He Milanista. United, however, signed Raphael Varane this summer.
Mundo Deportivo claims Spurs were also fond of the Milanese, who has seen his place come under pressure since the arrival of Fikayo Tomori.
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