Torino enjoyed an excellent run last season to finish eighth in Serie A, with attacking duo Ciro Immobile and Alessio Cerci lighting up the division on a regular basis.
Both are in Brazil at the moment after winning their places in Cesare Prandelli’s Italy squad on the back of their success alongside each other with the Granata.
Whilst their paths still cross at the international level, the two are already no longer club team-mates. Immobile was sold to Borussia Dortmund earlier this month for £15.5 million, with half his fee going to co-owners Juventus.
Long before Immobile was even mentioned as a Dortmund target, however, Cerci was linked with a summer exit himself - to some of the Premier League’s elite sides.
Liverpool and Manchester United have been tipped as top suitors for the versatile forward on multiple occasions in the past six months.
It seems a concrete offer is yet to arrive from either, though. And the sale of Immobile has caused Torino to open negotiations on a contract extension with Cerci in the past weeks, using the cash injection as a means to keep one of their star men.
But Sky Sport Italia’s Gianluca Di Marzio has reported that Everton have unexpectedly entered the fray, plotting a €13 million bid for the 26-year-old.
Two of the Toffees’ key attackers last term in Romelu Lukaku and Gerard Deulofeu were on loan, leaving the Merseyside club needing fresh signings up front.
Landing Cerci would be a coup of sorts for Everton, given that Serie A giants Juventus and Roma are also said to be interested in him along with United and Liverpool.
And according to Di Marzio, it’s unlikely that Everton’s audacious move will succeed. The €13 million they’re prepared to offer is well below Torino’s valuation of Cerci, who is keen to stay with his current employers.
Whilst the Toffees seem set to come up short for the Italian, his pursuit does suggest that Everton are prepared to go after high level targets to this summer to sustain last season’s success.
Roberto Martinez’s side legitimately challenged for the top four in 2013/14 and seem determined to make a splash in the transfer market if chasing Cerci is any indication.