Everton don’t have the money to pay for PSV Eindhoven defender Denzel Dumfries at this moment in time.
That’s according to De Telegraaf journalist Valetijn Driessen, who says the Blues are only in the background for the Dutchman despite rumours about a move.
Dumfries has been heavily linked with Everton all summer, with it revealed before the Euros that Marcel Brands was a big fan of the defender.
Everton are eyeing him as the long-term replacement for Seamus Coleman at right-back, but PSV’s asking price, which has increased after the defender shone for the Netherlands, remains an issue.
The Toffees simply don’t have that much money to spend this summer, shown by their transfer business so far being two free transfers and the £1.5m deal for Demarai Gray.
Several reports in the Netherlands have hinted they need to sell before they can buy, and Driessen has hinted that remains the case.
In a segment discussing the situation at PSV, he is asked by the presenter, “Dumfries is going to Italy, I think?”
To that, he replied, “Yes, yes, yes, then you have Everton playing in the background. Only for me, Everton don’t have the financial capability. You can’t just spend anything and everything anymore.”
That would suggest that the Blues have work to do if they are to get Dumfries ahead of the competition this summer.
Their lack of funds is clearly an issue, but perhaps when some players are moved on, such as Bernard, that will open the door financially to fund a move for the likes of Dumfries.
Everton fans will certainly hope so, with plenty likely to be very disappointed if they miss out on Dumfries after months of speculation.