Everton are eyeing up a move for Roma midfielder Gonzalo Villar, with Jose Mourinho deciding to part ways with the Spaniard.

That’s according to, who say that the player is one of several Mourinho is looking to get rid of.

They report that the Portuguese coach has already made a deep assessment of the squad he inherited from Paulo Fonseca and has taken the decision to put some of them on the market in the January transfer window.

That’s because he wants to free up space on the wage bill and, thus, allow him to bring in the players he wants instead.

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One of those he’s earmarked for a sale is Villar, who was an important player under Mourinho’s predecessor but has not earned the same place under the former Tottenham boss.

He looks ‘set to continue his professional development elsewhere’, and Everton, alongside Napoli, are keen on his signature.

The Blues are reportedly ‘continuing to scour’ the market for players that can replace James Rodriguez, and the Spaniard is one they’ve eyed up.

It’s felt he can play in midfield and help Rafa Benitez’s side ‘generate a lot of superiority’ on the ball, something the current midfield isn’t currently capable of.

Now there’s no mention of an asking price, so we don’t know what Everton would have to pay at this stage, just that they’re interested if he becomes available.

That’s looking likely given Mourinho isn’t a fan, so Villar is a name to keep an eye on in the build-up to the January transfer window.