Domagoj Vida’s series of no-nonsense performances for Croatia have made him a wanted man on Merseyside. According to the latest reports both Liverpool and Everton are interested in signing the pony-tailed player.
Turkish journalist Turgay Demir, speaking live on A Spor, said:
“Everton and Liverpool have made an offer for Vida, €15m has been proposed but Besiktas will not consider a bid below €20m.”
The Croatian defender only joined the Turkish club in January arriving on a free transfer from Dynamo Kiev and signing a four year deal.
That said, reports in Turkey have suggested the Istanbul club are willing to depart with the 29-year-old for the right price.
TalkSport report the Black Eagles’ asking price to be £13.2 million but this is subject to rise as Besiktas are of the view that Vida’s stock could continue to rise over the course of the 2018 World Cup.
Croatia have conceded just a single goal with the Besiktas defender starting for his national side. Vida is capable of playing in any position across the defensive line and has established a strong partnership with Liverpool’s Dejan Lovren at the heart of the Croatian defence.
Vida’s powerful presence would bolster an Everton side that are set to see veteran defender, Ashley Williams, 33, move on this summer. With fellow centre-half Phil Jagielka also in the twilight of his career at 35, signing Vida would provide an experienced alternative to partner Michael Keane.
Revamping an ageing squad while reducing the club’s wage bill is the first priority for Everton’s new management team, Marco Silva and Marcel Brands.
What do you think Everton fans? Would Vida be a good short term solution to shore up the back or is his £17 million asking price too much to pay for a 29-year-old defender?
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