Super-agent Mino Raiola has been told by Everton that they would be interested in a move for Stefan de Vrij this summer.
That’s according to Tuttosport, who say the agent’s ‘excellent relations’ with the Toffees could set up a transfer but Liverpool are also on the hunt.
The newspaper reports that Raiola is ‘scouting’ in the Premier League for his clients this summer, and as part of that, he has ‘picked up the interest’ of Everton for De Vrij.
They are believed to be looking for a central defender this summer, as are rivals Liverpool, but the Blues’ relationship with Raiola, which is ‘excellent’, means they could be at the front of the queue.
However, the financial situation at the club means that may not be possible, particularly as owners Suning are pushing for more sales to balance the books.
That means that players who arrived on a free, like De Vrij, are even more profitable, and any ‘normal’ offer for him would help bring in just as much as Hakimi’s sale to PSG.
That’s not to say that they’re asking for €60m, but more that a reasonable bid from Everton or Liverpool could prove to be very tempting given the profit involved.
Selling the Dutchman would be ‘very painful’, though, and so either side may have to do some convincing if they are to get this one over the line.