Everton have been told they will have to pay €30m if they want to beat Tottenham to the signing of an Italy international.
The Toffees have already bolstered their ranks with the additions of Andros Townsend, Asmir Begovic and Demarai Gray. Townsend and Begovic were both available for free after running down their contracts, while Gray cost £1.7m from German side Bayer Leverkusen.
As such, Everton fans are still waiting for a major transfer to sign off their summer, although a player would need to be sold first due to Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations.
Tottenham, meanwhile, are searching for new players as they prepare for life without Harry Kane. The England captain has been heavily linked with Manchester City.
Italian journalist Ciro Venerato has explained the situation surrounding Lorenzo Insigne, while also name-checking Everton.
He said (via Sport Witness): “Inter have made an enquiry for both the Napoli captain [Insigne] and Lazio’s [Joaquin] Correa. [Napoli owner] De Laurentiis’ hopes are high: he values number 24 [Insigne] at €30m, despite him being out of contract in a year.
“Inter would offer less than that plus [Alexis] Sanchez, already rejected by Napoli due to the high wages. Benitez’s Everton also like Insigne. Atletico Madrid are only interested in a year, on a free.”
Tottenham are plotting a different type of transfer to their Premier League rivals.
According to the Express, managing director Fabio Paratici will offer the forward a pre-contract agreement in January, ahead of a free transfer next summer.
Insigne’s contract with Napoli expires in June 2022, which means he can speak to interested clubs from January onwards under the Bosman ruling.
Such a move would see Spurs sign a top Italy international without parting with any significant transfer fee.
Paratici has already used his extensive contacts in Italy to land a new keeper and central defender.
Pierluigi Gollini and Cristian Romero have arrived on loan from Atalanta. Spurs have the option to buy both players if they see fit.
Nuno on Harry Kane future’s at Tottenham
Spurs boss Nuno Espirito Santo has provided an update on the future of Harry Kane.
Speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live, the 47-year-old said: “We have to commit them but we have to know that 31st of August is sometimes not in your hands. All the managers in the Premier League have the same feeling that I have – trying to finish the window and settle down.
“Harry is [training] with us, he worked on Sunday morning and he’s getting ready to help the team.
“We don’t expect [something to happen before the transfer deadline but] we have to be ready to act if necessary because until the 31st anything can happen in football.”