Everton could rival their former manager Carlo Ancelotti in the transfer market for the signing of Manchester United full-back Diogo Dalot, according to reports.
Dalot has returned to Man Utd following a season out on loan with AC Milan. His time in Italy was more productive than his previous two seasons with United, in which he managed just 20 Premier League appearances. For Milan, he played 21 matches in Serie A in half the time.
Now, he faces a decision over his future. United could do with another right-back, but are looking to sign Kieran Trippier. Should the Atletico Madrid man arrive at Old Trafford, there would seemingly be no space left for Dalot.
One potential escape route for the Portugal international could be to Real Madrid, where Ancelotti has taken the reins after quitting Everton. The Italian tactician previously tried to lure Dalot to Goodison Park and now wants him at his new club.
But Everton could follow his advice even after his departure, because they reportedly still want to sign Dalot.
According to The Athletic, Everton want to strengthen their options at right-back, where they currently have Seamus Coleman and Mason Holgate. However, the former is now the wrong side of 30 – even though new boss Rafael Benitez says he still has an important role to play – and the latter has also spent time at centre-back.
Therefore, a specialist option on the right-hand side of defence could be useful.
Dalot’s name has come back into the equation, as per The Athletic. There are two years remaining on his contract, so a deal may be possible.
However, he is not the only player in contention. Denzel Dumfries of PSV is still on their radar after being one of the brighter sparks for the Netherlands in their ill-fated Euro 2020 campaign.
Links with Max Aarons of Norwich City, though, are not as advanced as it would seem.
Everton want to strengthen out wide
In addition to the full-back roles, Everton want to reinforce their squad out wide further forward.
They have been linked with several wingers and a recent report named two they seem to be close to signing…