Everton could miss out on the signing of Inter Milan midfielder Matías Vecino with him looking ‘destined’ to remain at the Italian side.
The Blues have been heavily linked with the Uruguayan as they look to add a central midfielder to their squad this month.
Vecino looked like being an attainable target as he had fallen out of favour at Inter under Antonio Conte in recent months.
However, according to La Repubblica, there has been a change of heart at the club, and that means Vecino now seems likely to stay where he is.
The newspaper explains that Vecino had an argument with Conte recently, but his opinion of the player seems to have changed, with the possibility of him being called up for tomorrow night’s Coppa Italia match against Fiorentina.
That would suggest the Inter boss plans to use Vecino more in the second half of the campaign, thus scuppering a move elsewhere.
Everton and Lazio have both made bids for his services already, but both of them were ‘not considered satisfactory’ by Inter.
There’s every chance Inter’s stance may change again if Everton were to offer more money and get closer to Inter’s asking price, although at the moment it seems the Blues may be best focusing their efforts to find a midfielder elsewhere.