90min have claimed that Everton are among the Premier League sides interested in signing Celtic’s Kristoffer Ajer this summer.
The Toffees are said to be rivalling a number of other clubs including Paris Saint-Germain, Borussia Dortmund, AC Milan, Manchester City and Wolves for his signature.
Carlo Ancelotti’s side are on the lookout for a new central defender, but the report claims that Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester City are leading the chase for the 6ft 6in Celtic star.
Rodgers’ previous relationship with Ajer during their time together at Celtic will certainly make things difficult for the Toffees. However the defender’s personal ambitions could also play a major part in blocking a move to Goodison Park this summer.
The Daily Record reported back in 2016 that Ajer’s ultimate dream as a professional footballer was to walk out at Anfield in Liverpool’s colours to hear the fans singing ‘You’ll never walk alone’.
Switching Celtic for Everton could bring an end to that dream this summer, which could force the Norwegian to opt for a different club in order to keep his ultimate ambition alive.
This definitely doesn’t mean that the Toffees are out of the race. A number of players have joined the rivals of teams they used to support in the past and Everton would not be a bad option for him.
The Toffees have shown their own ambitions recently with brilliant investment in the squad, a new stadium in the works and, most importantly, convincing a manager of Carlo Ancelotti’s stature to take charge of the club.
It certainly is time for the 22-year-old to leave Scotland and move on to bigger things this summer. A switch to a club where he will get regular game time in a major European league is the right move for him and Everton check all the boxes.
With both Michael Keane and Yerry Mina having their own problems at the back, Ajer could be the ideal partner for Mason Holgate and the duo could form a solid partnership for Everton next season.