Date: 25th June 2019 at 8:00am
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Everton are expected to bring in at least one centre-back this summer after Phil Jagielka and Ashley Williams were released while Kurt Zouma returned to Chelsea at the end of the season. Earlier this month, the Toffees were linked with a move for Armando Izzo and could battle Arsenal and Manchester United for his signature, but the Torino defender won’t come cheap.

Izzo has a £27m asking price and earns £1.2m-a-year/£23k-per-week at the Olympic Grande Torino Stadium. The 27-year-old joined the Serie A side from Genoa in July 2018 and has gone on to make 39 appearances in all competitions, scoring and creating five goals. He featured in 37 of 38 Serie A games last season and helped Torino keep 15 clean sheets.

The Italian international racked up 3274 minutes of football, created 11 chances, averaged 50 passes-per-game with 78% accuracy, won 118 aerial duels (67%), blocked 59 shots/passes/crosses, made 142 clearances and averaged a tackle (76) or interception (87) every 20 minutes.

Izzo would improve the Everton backline, but whether he’d edge his way in ahead of Michael Keane and Yerry Mina next season remains to be seen. Arsenal and Manchester United’s interest could also prove a stumbling block.

Read Crippy Cooke’s previous article