Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti has seemingly ruled out a move for Inter Milan midfielder Matías Vecino, saying he’ll be staying in Italy.

The Uruguayan midfielder was heavily linked with a move to Goodison Park throughout the January transfer window, with the Blues known to be on the hunt for midfield reinforcements.

He ended up staying in Italy, though, with Inter Milan electing to keep hold of him rather than selling and having to look for a replacement.

Naturally, the prospect of a summer move has been mentioned, with Everton still likely to be looking to add a central midfielder to their squad at that point.

Ancelotti has seemingly put that to bed, though, telling Corriere della Sera that Vecino will ‘stay where he is’ when asked about their interest in the midfielder.

That’s an obvious answer for the short-term given the transfer window is closed, but it may also hint that Everton will be looking at different targets come the summer window as well.

Their interest in Vecino seemed small at best in January, with multiple reports making it appear they were not entirely convinced at the prospect of a permanent deal.

The prospect of that changing in the summer, when Everton will have more money and time to work on more suitable targets, is now looking slim.