It’s now been some time since Everton started being linked to the Porto defender Ivan Marcano. And with the final chance to sign him approaching, the stories only get more intense.

The Toffees were said to be interested in the player last summer, when they reportedly tried to sign him at the end of the transfer window. Then the rumours continued until the January market. With his contract with Porto expiring at the end of the season, a lot of offers were expected for him, but he didn’t move.

Now with his release from the Portuguese side getting close, many clubs are keeping an eye on this opportunity, and the situation is reported by Italian website Calcio Mercato today.

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According to the outlet, Milan have been pretty impressed with Marcano’s form, and are now think of signing him in the summer. The problem is that they want him to be a rotation player, and that could put them behind in the race, since other clubs such as Everton and Valencia could offer the defender more game time.

Another thing that Everton fans could take from this story is that the race is still open. Even though claims from Spain have been saying that Valencia has the signing guaranteed, it seems the word in Italy is pretty different, giving any other clubs the chance to get the 30-year-old on a free deal.

Now it should be a matter of convincing him to sign a contract, and Everton can start talks immediately.