Torino enter the race to sign €12 million Everton target

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Everton added James Tarkowski to their ranks, signing him on a free transfer from Burnley. From the looks of it, Frank Lampard wants to add another player to central defence and the name Rodrigo Becao has appeared in the news recently. The Toffees have been strongly linked to the Udinese defender.

With the arrival of Tarlowski, Everton will have six centre backs at disposal. Out of Yerry Mina, Michael Keane, Mason Holgate, Jarrad Branthwaite, and Ben Godfrey. Branthwaite will be sent out on loan to get regular playing time and develop his game. Mina could also be shown the exit door as his poor fitness records have made him unreliable.

In case of a departure, the Royal Blues will push for a centre back and Becao is a player that Everton really admires. The 26 year old played 35 out of 38 Serie A games last summer, a testament to his strong fitness, and racked up impressive performances playing in the back three system.

Lampard could instill a back three system for the next season and Becao is a perfect candidate to be a part of the three at the back formation. He predominantly operates on the right side of the back three and is aerially dominant, thanks to his 6 ft 2 inch physique. He doesn’t shy away from putting in hearty tackles and makes his presence known in the defence.

Everton face competition for Rodrigo Becao

In many ways, he is similar to Mina but a comprehensive upgrade given his excellent fitness records. Becao has played more than 90% of the league games in two of the last three seasons. However, signing the Brazilian defender won’t be an easy task given the competition.

According to Tutto Mercato Web, Italian side Torino has entered the race to sign the 26 year old. Torino centre back Gleison Bremer is expected to leave Turin and Torino President Davide Vaganti is already working on replacements. Becao appears on the shortlist and I Granata enquired about the Brazilian. Udinese are asking for €12 million for the 26 year old as Torino joins Lazio and Napoli in the chase of Becao.

Everton has been named the most interested club abroad. At €12 million, it will be a relatively low risk investment for a player who is impeccably consistent and will be an upgrade to the current available options.

With the money from the Richarlison sale, the Toffees can reinvest in upgrading the squad but money needs to be spent in a prudent manner. Everton have made blunders in transfers that are coming back to haunt them and that has to stop now.

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