Arsenal and Everton are set to step up their pursuit of Armando Izzo by offering £22.5 million for the Torino centre-back, according to Gianluca Di Marzio.
The Premier League duo are crying out for some depth and quality in defence before the new season kicks off in early August.
Arsenal, who missed out on a place in the Champions League for the third year running, have conceded over 50 top flight goals in each of the last two seasons. Everton, meanwhile, have already lost both Phil Jagielka and Kurt Zouma this summer.
And according to reports in Italy, both clubs have chosen Izzo as one of their top defensive targets with £22.5 million bids on their way from North London and Merseyside respectively.
That does not mean that Torino will be rushing to sell their 27-year-old, once capped Italian international however. Instead, president Urbano Cairo has made it clear that he wants to extend a contract which already runs until 2022.
On paper, you would think Arsenal would be the better option for Izzo given their history and European pedigree. But Unai Emery has a massive challenge on his hands taking the Gunners back to the top level given the relative shoestring budget he has to work with.
In truth, it would be no real surprise to see an ambitious and talented Everton side attempt to seize Arsenal’s top six place next season and Izzo’s arrival would only help in that regard.
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