According to TMW, Sunderland and Everton are fighting it out with Bundesliga side Schalke to sign Davide Astori this summer, following Cagliari’s relegation from Serie A.
The 28-year-old centre-back spent last season on loan with Roma, appearing 30 times but not impressing enough to earn a permanent transfer. They decided against utilising their right to purchase option in the loan deal, and although he is now returning to Cagliari, it is only to leave again this summer.
The Sardinian side were relegated from Serie A at the end of the 2014/15 season, and the 10-capped international will force a transfer away to secure top level football elsewhere.
This availability of Astori has piqued the interest of Premier League duo Sunderland and Everton, as well as Bundesliga side Schalke, who are now moving to sign him this summer.
Both English clubs need to add cover to the central defensive positions, and Astori has proven himself in Serie A for a number of years, even if his career has never reached the heights many expected of him.
Would Astori be a good signing?
Sunderland have limited cover in central defence, and although they are looking to complete a permanent deal for Sebastian Coates, it is unlikely that Dick Advocaat will want to see Wes Brown or John O’Shea playing every week. This means a new centre-back must be brought in, and Astori looks a good buy, whilst probably available for a budget price as he forces a move away.
Everton are in an even worse situation, following the releases of Sylvain Distin and Antolin Alcaraz, leaving just Phil Jagielka and John Stones as senior centre-backs. Astori is the kind of player that the Toffees should be targeting to get back into European football, seeing as he was a strong performer for title-chasing Roma last season, making Champions League and Europa League appearances along the way.