Everton, Newcastle eye Bologna raid after Mihajlovic honest admission


Everton and Newcastle have been put on alert after it emerged that Serie A side Bologna will ‘have to sell’ players this summer.

The whole of football is reeling financially due to the effects of the pandemic. Bologna are no different and need to cut their cloth accordingly in the off-season. I Rossoblu finished 12th last season and sit in the same position this term with five games to go.

Manager Sinisa Mihajlovic would expect to bolster his ranks before 2021-2022. The Serbian tactician does not want to lose his best players but acknowledged that some will leave.

“We have to sell by force of circumstances, then we’ll see who (goes),” he told Fanta Calcio. “It depends on the market, not on us. I hope nobody buys from our team, even if there are many strong young players in the squad.”

It was reported earlier this month that Everton were keen on defender Takehiro Tomiyasu. The Japan international has been earning rave reviews for his displays in the Bologna rearguard.

AC Milan were said to have tried their luck with a €15m bid for the Far East star. That was rejected, with the Stadio Renato Dall’Ara outfit seeking at least €20m for his services.

Reports in Italy suggest the Toffees have not given up hope of a summer swoop and are keeping tabs on the youngster.

Newcastle have eyes on Tomiyasu

Everton are not the only Premier League club whose name has been mentioned in connection with the stopper. Newcastle and West Ham United are thought to be keen and his price tag might appeal.

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The Magpies sent scouts to watch him in September last year and were said to be impressed. Any link to the Tynesiders must always be taken with a pinch of salt due to uncertainty at the club.

Manager Steve Bruce’s future is unclear while owner Mike Ashley has been trying to sell the club for years. But a move to Goodison Park might appeal, with Carlo Ancelotti’s side pushing for Europe this term.

Mattias Svanberg Bologna v Sampdoria March 2021

It is likely that a few of Bologna’s other stars will also be targeted. Calciomercato are reporting that Sweden international defender Mattias Svanberg is being eyed by many suitors.

There may be plenty of player movement at the end of the season but mega-bucks deals could be few and far between. Therefore Tomiyasu’s affordable price makes him vulnerable as Bologna will have to find a way to balance their books.

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