Yet to fully replace Romelu Lukaku, Everton are still looking for that elusive target man up top, which has led to the resurgence of stories linking them to Fiorentina’s Nikola Kalinic.
The former Blackburn striker has enjoyed a successful spell in Italy, and is attracting attention from other clubs too, like AC Milan, which is the main issue for Ronald Koeman.
Corriere dello Sport have a rundown of the situation on Friday, and it doesn’t sound all that promising for the Toffees.
The Italian newspaper reports Everton came ‘knocking’ on Fiorentina’s door regarding the Croatia international, and the message was the same that was given to AC Milan: “€30m please”.
As you might have guessed, the problem isn’t the money, it’s more the fact Kalinic isn’t all that keen on returning to England, much preferring the option of staying in Italy in a league he feels very comfortable in.
Furthermore, the fact Vincenzo Montella, Milan’s manager, made it clear to him he would be an essential part of his plans has been a big factor in his decision.
Corriere explain the 29-year-old has already rejected offers from La Liga and the Premier League (which we can only assume includes Everton), and that doesn’t seem to be about to change anytime soon.
There’s still time, but maybe Ronald Koeman should start looking elsewhere if Kalinic is that determined to stay in Italy.