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Everton target Djené Dakonam move this summer – Marca

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.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – AUGUST 29: Kurt Zouma of Everton looks on during the Carabao Cup Second Round match between Everton and Rotherham United at Goodison Park on August 29, 2018 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

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.

Everton appoint Luis Boa Morte as assistant manager

There’s set to be a lot of change at Everton this summer.

Not only will there likely be plenty of recruitment, but there’s also some changes coming on the sidelines.

That’s because Luis Boa Morte has been confirmed as the new Everton assistant boss.

Click here to find out more about his move to Goodison. 

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