Everton found themselves being mentioned as a potential destination for Inter Milan full back Danilo D’Ambrosio. The 32 year old is set to be a free agent this summer and several clubs are following his situation.
Along with reinforcements needed in the attack, Everton also needs to sign a right back this summer. Seamus Coleman is fast approaching his twilight and the Toffees do need an able successor. Jonjoe Kenny doesn’t win Carlo Ancelotti’s trust. In fact, Kenny could be headed for a Goodison exit this summer.
The Italian boss used Mason Holgate as a right back in several games throughout the season when Coleman was unavailable. However, Holgate invited a lot of criticism for his lacklustre and sloppy displays as a right back. If Holgate is to have a successful career in the royal blue shirt, it will be as a centre back.
The Toffees were closely linked with Max Aarons but it appears that talk has fizzled out. The links to D’Ambrosio has emerged very recently and while it’s nothing certain but the Toffees shouldn’t be looking at his profile.
Everton are following Danilo D’Ambrosio
According to Italian Journalist Ciro Venerato (via Tutto Napoli), D’Ambrosio is being followed by Everton, Lazio, Milan and Roma whereas Napoli have contacted his entourage.
The Toffees are just following the 32 year old at the moment but they should refrain from making any further step in D’Ambrosio chase. If you look at the players Everton have invested in over the last few years under Marcel Brands, a clear strategy can be observed. The Royal Blues signed young players largely below the age of 26.
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However, since the arrival of Ancelotti, that narrative seems to be changing. James Rodriguez, Allan and Abdoulaye Doucoure were all above 26. D’Ambrosio will also belong to that bracket. The Italian full back can’t be the answer to Everton’s right back problems.
He’s the same age as Coleman meaning both will have a similar trajectory from here on. The Toffees need a long term successor for Coleman and D’Ambrosio is not a successor to the Irishman. Signing a prudent right back that is young and shows a lot of potential should be high on Ancelotti’s agenda.
D’Ambrosio will pose a minimal economic risk because he’ll be available for free but he doesn’t offer much in the sporting project. Everton wants to make a push for Europe and the Toffees need young and energized options.
Danilo D’Ambrosio must be avoided in all circumstances.