Apparently Premier League side Everton has decided to spend some transfer vacation time in Milan.
However, they aren’t taking time off, they are in the market for players for both Internazionale and AC Milan.
According to various media reports, Steve Walsh, Toffees’ director of football, plans to spend some quality time at the San Siro looking to add some attacking strength to a side that finished mid-table of the EPL.
While the eyes are cast heavy on AC Milan forward Gianluca Lapadula, Inter center midfielder Éver Banega is also on the list. The Argentinian came to Inter on free transfer from Sevilla FC in 2016 and notched six goals and eight assists this past season for the Nerazzurri. According to Transfermrkt.com, Banega has a market value of €16 million.
He may be one to hang on to as the future of Ivan Perisic and Jonathan Biabiany remain in question — although Biabiany has been strongly linked to Sparta Prague and Perisic linked to a £44 million pound move to Manchester United.
Fellow midfielders Marcelo Brozovic and Jeison Murillo have also apparently caught the eye of Everton as they have reportedly planned to spend up to £150 million during the summer transfer season.
Murillo has seen his stock rise to a peak of €18 million in 2016, but drift down to about €13 million today. The center-back played in 34 games this season for Inter and had one goal in the Coppa Italia — the first goal of a 3-2 win over Bologna FC in the round of 16.
Brozovic, a Croatian international, came to Inter for a €5 million transfer fee from Dinamo Zagreb in 2016. In 28 games last season, the center-midfielder had six goals and four assists.
It’s unclear just how Everton is looking to add any new players — either though permanent or loan deals.
And, with new boss Luciano Spalletti’s plans not yet revealed there are more questions than answers at this point. Any of the three Inter players are possible departures and with Everton getting Europa League play this season and Inter out of Europe, players may be more apt to want to leave for England.