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Sean Dyche goes big with Everton summer transfer plans as Toffees battle Juventus for Serie A midfielder

Davide Frattesi

Everton are hoping to make it a successful summer transfer window by landing an Italian midfielder ahead of Juventus, according to a report.

Everton did not manage to sign any new players in the recent January window. Few players were willing to join them amid their battle against relegation to the Championship and fan protests against the owners.

It became even harder for them to attract new stars when Frank Lampard was sacked on January 23. The Toffees swooped in for Dyche a week later. But despite interest in Southampton forward Che Adams, Manchester City midfielder Kalvin Phillips and former Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi, Everton could not get any new arrivals through the door.

Dyche must now galvanise his existing group of players so they can give themselves a fighting chance at staying up.

Despite the club being in a poor situation, Dyche will have confidence about keeping Everton in the top flight. He did this on several occasions while managing Burnley, and that squad did not have as much attacking talent as the Everton group.

And if Everton do remain in the Premier League for next season, their midfield could be improved by the capture of a Serie A star.

According to Italian source TuttoJuve, Everton are plotting a summer swoop for Sassuolo’s Davide Frattesi. The 23-year-old is highly rated in Italy, having won four caps for their national team.

Dyche’s team have apparently sent Sassuolo a bid for Frattesi. However, it is unclear whether this offer matches Sassuolo’s €35million (£31m) valuation.

Everton, Brighton and Leicester all in for Davide Frattesi

Everton are not the only English side to submit a proposal for the player. The report claims bids are also on the table from Leicester and Brighton.

Juventus hold an interest in Frattesi, too. Although, their €25m (£22m) offer will not be enough to tempt Sassuolo into a sale.

While Juve like Frattesi ‘a lot’, they will struggle to capture him ahead of his Premier League suitors. This is because of the current financial might of English clubs, which saw a host of top talent go to the Prem during the January window.

Brighton in particular will be able to spend a decent amount of money on Frattesi. After all, they have sold Marc Cucurella, Leandro Trossard and Yves Bissouma for big money recently.

Everton have overspent in recent years and therefore cannot go around parting with huge sums. However, if Dyche is intent on bringing Frattesi in, then he could become their marquee summer arrival.

Juve will believe they should be able to tempt the Roma academy graduate to Turin. But it is not just financial issues which will hold them back.

They were recently deducted 15 points in Serie A by Italian football regulators. That came after an investigation into ‘financial irregularities’ and ‘false accounting’. As a result, they currently sit 12th in the league and are extremely unlikely to qualify for next season’s Champions League.

This, coupled with the fact Frattesi will not have much trust in club officials, will do little to help the Italian giants win the race for the Everton target.

Meanwhile, TEAMtalk has learned three Premier League sides including Man Utd and Tottenham all admire an Everton ace.