Everton are said to be close to tying-up a deal for AC Milan midfielder Andrea Bertolacci.
That is according to Football Italia who reports that the Merseyside club are ready to pay €6 million (£5 million) for the 27-year old.
Bertolacci, a graduate of the Roma academy, began his professional career at Lecce before moving to Genoa under a shared ownership deal. His form at Genoa earned him the first of his 8 international caps for Italy, and, in the summer of 2015, a big money move to AC Milan.
However a series of injuries and a loss of form saw him fall out of favour at the San Siro, and he was loaned back to the Genoese club for the 2017 – 2018 season, for whom he made 33 Serie A appearances, scoring one goal.
His loan spell up, he is deemed surplus to requirements by Milan manager Gennaro Gattuso, and now looks set for a move to Goodison Park.
Andy is an exiled English football fan living in Cyprus. He loves all sports but football is his abiding passion, and he still has dreams every now and then about scoring the winning goal in a Wembley Cup Final, even though his playing days are long gone. He follows most major leagues, across Europe at least, and has a favoured team in each. When he’s not watching, listening, reading or downloading podcasts about football, he spend his time worrying about his beloved Arsenal.