Toffees looking to bolster their defensive options
Everton have reportedly ‘set their sights’ on signing Getafe central defender Djené Dakonam during the summer transfer window.
Central defence could become somewhat of a problem position for Everton this summer.
The Toffees found success last season with defensive pairing Michael Keane and Kurt Zouma.
However, Zouma has now returned to Chelsea following his loan spell and could stay at Stamford Bridge.
It has also already been confirmed that Phil Jagielka will leave the Toffees after his contract expired.
That means that Everton only have Yerry Mina and Michael Keane as their senior central defensive options.
Mason Holgate will likely return from his loan at West Brom, but should Everton struggle to sign Zouma, they may need to look elsewhere.
Enter Djené Dakonam.
Everton join the race for Djené Dakonam
According to Marca, Everton will challenge Arsenal for the signing of Getafe central defender Dakonam.
Their report claims that ‘the known interest of Arsenal is now joined by Everton. The Toffees would have set its sights on the centre for the next season.’
Marca go on to explain just how much Djené Dakonam could cost Everton or Arsenal.
According to their report, the defender has a release clause that sits at 35 million euros.
With that release clause, they also claim ‘Getafe knows that it will not sell any key piece for less than that price’.
As a result, Everton and Arsenal will need to meet that release clause if they are to sign the defender.
Only time will tell if either are willing to do so.