On December 10th we covered claims from Italy that Everton had ‘probed the ground’ with Mino Raiola over signing free-agent Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

There didn’t appear to be a great deal in it, other than initial contacts, and it felt unlikely that Zlatan would fancy himself fighting towards the wrong end of the Premier League table.

Still, club owner Farhad Moshiri may well feel such a signing could banish the Goodison Park blues and set up a very different second half to the season.

At the weekend, Italian newspaper Il Mattino covered Napoli and AC Milan interest in the former Manchester United player, and Everton were dragged into the running.

The Toffees are being taken at least a little seriously, and it was suggested Everton could recruit a top manager who would be able to handle Ibrahimovic in his squad.

Despite saying that, they also question whether he’d be up for signing for the club, given his United past and how that was rather more successful than a stint on the Blue side of Liverpool is likely to be.

Over at La Repubblica, they report the 38 year old could even decide to call it a day and retire from football.