Such is the short shelf life of a transfer rumour that, one day it’s hot and the next day it’s not. Everton’s interest in midfielder Davide Frattesi may have just fallen into that hole.

Yesterday we brought you a report from Italy that Everton were interested in the youngster this summer after his impressive displays in Serie B.

Carlo Ancelotti had reportedly recommended the midfielder to Everton’s scouts and, they had sent positive reports back to Goodison Park on him.

This had opened up the possibility of the Blues making their move this summer in what would have been a very Marcel Brands signing.

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They weren’t the only side interested in him, with Roma, who sold him to current club Sassuolo three years ago, also thought to be keen.

And, it seems, their interest may stop Everton getting their man. Leggo report that the Serie A side have a €15m repurchase option on the 20-year-old that they intend to use this summer.

Their plan is to use Grégoire Defrel as part of the deal so they can bring that price down and leave all parties satisfied and ‘burn the competition’, with Everton named.

Such a move would presumably put an end to any chances of the youngster turning up at Goodison Park, although perhaps the pulling power of Marcel Brands and Ancelotti could change that.