Everton are planning life without John Stones next season, with Roberto Martinez already picking out possible replacements for the England international.
The Sun, on Friday, report that the Toffees are lining up a move for AS Roma’s Kostas Manolas this summer, someone who they first tried to sign in 2012.
Back then, as suggested by BBC Sport, the AEK Athens defender would have cost around £500,000, with the English club agreeing a fee, but it was put on hold as the club concluded the transfer of Nikica Jelavic from Rangers.
Now, the Greek international could cost the club around £20 million, if they want to convince AS Roma to sell the 24-year-old.
He still has three years left to run on his contract, so there’s no reason that the Italian club will deviate far from their valuation.
Manolas has been one of Roma’s better defensive performers this season, forming a partnership with Antonio Rudiger and starting 28 times in Serie A. No one who features on a regular basis makes as many clearances as the Greek centre-back.
One problem for Everton could be competition to sign the defender. His performances have also attracted attention from Arsenal, Chelsea, with Pep Guardiola apparently a fan too.
Everton will likely need to find a replacement for Stones, however, it’s likely they will once again miss out on Manolas.