Everton may land a second chance to sign Denzel Dumfries in the January transfer window, as Calciomercato have reported Inter Milan are already considering the Dutchman’s place.

Dumfries has endured a turbulent start to his stay at the San Siro after joining from PSV Eindhoven this summer. The Nerazzurri paid €12.5m (£10.5m) plus a further €2.5m (£2m) in add-ons for the right-back to replace Achraf Hakimi.

But Simone Inzaghi is yet to put his full support behind the 25-year-old, with Dumfries only starting two of eight Serie A appearances. The Euro 2020 sensation has also only provided one assist and finds himself behind Matteo Darmian in the pecking order.

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Inter Milan are weighing up sending Dumfries out on loan in the January transfer window to rediscover his best form. They have previously used the mid-season market to send out-of-form players away temporarily after struggling at the San Siro.

The Nerazzurri would additionally target a new right-sided option for Simone if the €4m-a-year (£65k-a-week) dynamo were to briefly depart. Inter agreeing to loan Dumfries in the January market could prove appealing to Everton, after they considered a summer transfer.

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Reports by The Athletic suggested Dumfries was a key target of Everton’s recruitment team – led by Marcel Brands. But the Dutchman was not a unanimous choice amid the Toffees’ hunt for a new right-back. With Rafa Benitez one to show resistance to a deal with PSV.

The Spaniard questioned if Dumfries has the ability to juggle offensive and defensive tasks. While some Everton chiefs also disproved of the involvement of his agent, Mino Raiola, who has close ties with Brands. Meaning the Blues only targeted a loan and missed out.

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Everton land second chance to seal Dumfries transfer amid Inter uncertainty

PSV refused to entertain Everton’s loan transfer hopes and struck a permanent deal to sell Dumfries to Inter Milan. But the Nerazzurri’s move has not worked out so far for the Dutch dynamo, which could open the door for Brands and Benitez to re-examine his suitability.

Everton will surely want to strengthen their right-back options in the mid-season market after their difficulties in the position. Benitez had to rely on Ben Godfrey in the role after Seamus Coleman’s hamstring injury, straight after the centre-half returned from covid.

The situation put a spotlight on the Toffees’ inability – and partial refusal – to sign a right-back in the summer. But Inter considering loaning Dumfries out could offer Everton a stop-gap solution and Benitez a chance to see why Brands and his team coveted the Dutchman.