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Everton left red faced as summer transfer target reveals rejection came easily

Denzel Dumfries, now of Inter Milan, has admitted he ‘didn’t think twice’ when it came to rejecting the Toffees to join the Serie A side in the summer.

Everton were tracking Dumfries in July, as they looked to replace Seamus Coleman in the side. Indeed, the Toffees were keen after Dumfries impressed in Euro 2020.

Dumfries scored two goals and assisted one in the Netherlands first two games at the competition. As such, the Toffees’ interest was obviously justified.

However, Everton were joined by Inter Milan in the battle for the attacking full-back. Indeed, it was Inter that won that battle, and have reaped the rewards since.

Dumfries has contributed to four goals in 15 Serie A appearances, and has helped Inter to the top of the table.

The Dutchman has since revealed his desire to join Inter was very strong. Sport Witness cited Dumfries’ interview with Voetbal International in a recent report.

“I talked every day with Mino Raiola. My desire to wear the Inter shirt prevailed,” he said.

While Dumfries was clearly eager to join the Serie A champions, his snubbing of Everton leaves the club rather red faced.

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“Everton was there too, but I didn’t think twice. I really wanted to go to Inter. The Italian champion team, a club with a great tradition in Italy and in the Champions League.”

Indeed, it seems as if Everton never even crossed Dumfries’ mind. He is clearly prospering in Italy, whereas at Everton, things would have been much more challenging. As such, it seems the 25-year-old made the correct choice in dismissing the Toffees.

Toffees still pondering right-back transfer

Nathan Patterson Scotland September 2021

While the potential Dumfries transfer did not bear fruit, Everton are still trying to replace Seamus Coleman at right-back.

Indeed, Rangers’ Nathan Patterson has been identified as a potential signing in that position.

A deal for Patterson is said to cost in the region of around £5million. What’s more, the six-cap Scotland ace seems a top player for that price.

That price would be a good one for Everton, given their lack of funds to spend due to Financial Fair Play regulations.

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