English Premier League outfit Everton FC are considering a move for Portuguese Euro 2016 player William Carvalho if the deal for Alex Witsel fails, according to reports.
Witsel remains the first choice of new Toffees manager Ronald Koeman who took over from Roberto Martinez. The Dutchman has the tough task of returning Everton to its pride as soon as possible and wants Witsel to join the team as he attempts to reach the obligations before him.
According to Express Sport Witsel is keen on leaving Zenit St Petersburg but the club is pushing for a transfer fee higher than the club’s value for the player. The Russian outfit wants £28million for the player; hence the Everton boss is inclined to sign the 24-year old Euro 2016 champion if the deal doesn’t go through at the end of the day. Italian side Napoli are the lead opponents to sign the player ahead of Everton, according to reports.
Carvalho played in the last campaign, helping Sporting Lisbon to second place in the local league. He had 32 caps for the club and was impressive, hence his invitation to join the national team for the just concluded continental tournament.
Koeman is not the only one reported to be interested in bring the Portuguese player to England. His former club, Southampton are also keen on landing the player, after replacing Koeman with Claude Puel. Southampton particularly have the funds to spare, after selling Sadio Mane to Liverpool as well as Victor Wanyama. Aside the Saints, The Foxes are also interested in the Portuguese. They could sell of N’Golo Kante as interests in the player persist. The defensive midfielder Carvalho is set to be in the same transfer market range of £20m as Kante. The club could get a better deal from any of Juventus, Real Madrid or Paris Saint-Germain interested in Kante, and use it to get the Euro 2016 champion.