Artem Dzyuba's Everton snub could work out amid Inter Milan links

A dejected Marco Silva manager

Could Artem Dzyuba win the Serie A title with Antonio Conte's Inter after turning down Premier League Everton?

Russia's Artyom Dzyuba (front) celebrates victory in the 2020 UEFA European Championship Qualifying Round Group I football match between Russia and Scotland at Luzniki Stadium; Russia won...

Antonio Conte clearly has a thing for a 30-something targetman.

The blue-eyed benchman was desperate to sign Fernando Llorente for Chelsea in 2017, according to The Telegraph, before turning his attention to Olivier Giroud a few months later.

Now, with his Inter Milan team already emerging as potential usurpers to the Juventus kingdom, Italian football’s greatest general wants a battlescarred foot-soldier to bring glory back to the San Siro.

According to Il Giornale, Conte is hoping to tie up a January deal for Russia talisman and Zenit St Petersburg striker Artem Dzyuba. The 31-year-old has spent his entire professional career in his homeland but, as anyone who watched him put Scotland to the sword over the international break will tell you, this is a man who deserves a chance to prove himself at the very top of the game before it’s too late.

 

A giant at 6ft 5ins, he’s far more cultured and classy than you’d think – but when the ball is loose in the box he turns into a monster. A monster that, in a game dominated by pretty little forwards, still has plenty of admirers.

Everton are still keen, according to Rianfan, despite Dzyuba himself claiming that he turned down a move to Goodison Park in January of this year.

Zenit St Petersburg's Artyom Dzyuba celebrates scoring in the 2019

 

“Last winter, I could have gone, as I understand it, to Everton," the veteran striker, who has since joined forces with super-agent Jorge Mendes, told Sport 24. “But I didn’t want to because in the winter it would be wrong (to leave).”

Everton, at the time, were in the midst of a crisis with the future of head coach Marco Silva very much uncertain. You can see why Dzyuba wouldn’t be too keen to jump into that particular fire.

Inter, however, are a club only going in one direction under Conte with a first Serie A title in a decade looking like a genuine possibility. Patience is a virtue and, if Dzyuba does get a move to the San Siro, he won’t be looking back on his Everton snub with any regret.

Artem Dzyuba of Russia and Charlie Mulgrew of Scotland vie for the ball during the UEFA Euro 2020 qualifier between Russia and Scotland on October 10, 2019 in Moscow, Russia.

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