Ruud Gullit has told Sky Italia that Denzel Dumfries joined the right team this summer by moving to Inter Milan from PSV Eindhoven, following reported rival interest from Everton.
The Nerazzurri moved to sign Dumfries as they sought to rebuild their Serie A winning side following Achraf Hakimi’s departure. Inter’s crippling financial problems ensured they had to sell the Moroccan, who joined Paris Saint-Germain for £52m rising to £64m.
Dumfries cost Inter an initial £11m with a further £2m in add-ons, after he rejected interest from Everton to join. Alfredo Pedulla noted the Dutch dynamo only had eyes on moving to the San Siro, where he now earns £66k-a-week.
Per the Liverpool Echo, Everton were also in the mix to sign Dumfries before he agreed to join Inter Milan. But boss Rafa Benitez did not share Marcel Brands’ eagerness to sign the 25-year-old, given the Toffees’ limited available budget.
Gullit believes Dumfries ultimately joined the right club in Inter, over Everton, due to the Nerazzurri’s style. Feeling Simone Inzaghi’s side will best allow him to display his talents.
“Given his way of playing, Dumfries went to the right team,” Gullit said. “He is a player with heart, he gives everything in every match. Dumfries is very important for the Dutch national team; they understand that players like him and [Stefan] De Vrij are important.”
Will Benitez rue Everton not signing Inter defender Dumfries?
Benitez may rue not pursuing Dumfries before he moved to Inter Milan to end Everton’s search for a new right-back. The Toffees’ finances meant the Spaniard was reluctant to commit to any large outlays if he was not 100% convinced.
Yet Dumfries – despite Gullit’s suggestion – could have been an ideal addition at Goodison Park. He thrives in pushing up the flank, which Everton lacked from their right-back against Aston Villa on Saturday with Ben Godfrey standing in for the injured Seamus Coleman.
Dumfries has not been an instant hit at Inter Milan with the former Everton target only starting one of three Serie A appearances. Yet was instrumental to Inzaghi’s side beating Bologna 6-1 at the weekend as he recorded a first assist.
He would have snubbed Benitez’s approach, if made, however, given his preference for the San Siro. Leaving Everton and Director of Football Brands to continue searching for a new right-back, while Dumfries establishes himself at Inter.