Everton to battle Juventus, Roma in move for £20m Spanish midfielder

Date published: Tuesday 14th January 2020 10:07

Everton are reportedly ready to rival Juventus, Atalanta and AS Roma in their bid to sign Spanish midfielder Gonzalo Villar.

The 21-year-old Elche star has made a big impression in the second tier of Spanish football this season, earning a call-up to the Spain Under-21 side in the process.

Now, according to a report from Spanish publication Alicante Plaza, four clubs have contacted Elche about the midfielder, including the Toffees.

Roma are believed to have already tabled an offer for Villar, whose current contract runs out in 2021 and is believed to include a £20million release clause.

Roma’s offer, however, is thought to be for around £2.5m and a clause in the deal which saw Villar join Elche in 2018 means Valencia are due a massive 80% of any fee.

Valencia are also said to have the option to match any accepted bid.

Another report from Alicante Plaza states that Elche have rejected Roma’s offer, believing Villar is worth a ‘minimum’ of £6-7m.

Carlo Ancelotti’s men have also registered their interest in the player, with the new Toffees boss actively looking for midfield reinforcements amongst other positions.

 

Meanwhile, Everton have tabled what has been described as an “important offer” for Inter Milan midfielder Matias Vecino, who is rated in the £20m bracket.

Ancelotti is in the market for new recruits this month and is very much turning his attention towards the Italian market.

And Monday’s edition of Il Corriere dello Sport claims Everton have submitted an offer to the Nerezzurri for the 28-year-old Uruguayan, who has found game-time hard to come by under Antonio Conte this season. Read more…

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