Sassuolo’s Gian Marco Ferrari is the latest defensive talent linked with a move to Everton and, according to Calciomercato, he could be available for just £10 million.
It is almost a year since Kurt Zouma returned to Chelsea after an impressive loan spell at Goodison Park and, try as they might, the Toffees have failed to replace the France international at the heart of their back line.
Deals for the likes of Marcos Rojo and Chris Smalling came to nothing last summer and, 12 months on, it seems Everton have hit a brick wall in negotiations for Lille’s Gabriel Magalhaes and Barcelona’s Jean Clair Todibo.
According to reports in Italy, Everton have now turned their attention to a new target; one that appears to be available for a fraction of the fees required for Gabriel and Todibo.
Sassuolo could be tempted to listen to offers of just £10 million for Ferrari thanks, largely, to a series of injury problems which have restricted him to just 13 Serie A appearances all season.
Whether this is good news or a potential warning sign for Everton, well, you can make your own mind up there.
The 6ft 2ins stopper missed a great chunk of the campaign due to a thigh problem and then found himself stuck on the sidelines with an ankle issue too.
Despite all this, Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti remains a big fan of Ferrari with the Parma-born stopper coming into his own late in his career. The 28-year-old has been called up by Italy but is yet to earn a senior cap.
In the eyes of many a traditionalist, it is bordering on sacrilege to don a shiny, sleak Ferrari in anything other than deep red. This one, however, could be decked out in royal blue soon enough.