Many Everton fans have been reacting on social media after AS Monaco right-back Djibril Sidibe stated that he wants a permanent move to Goodison Park.
Sidibe joined the club on a season-long loan deal from Les Monegasques last summer, which features a €14million (£12.2m) option to buy this year.
The 18-cap France international has since proven to be a regular on Merseyside with 17 starts over 21 Premier League outings, in which he has contributed toward four goals (each assisted – only Lucas Digne has created more).
Reports earlier in the year suggested boss Carlo Ancelotti was willing to green light Director of Football Marcel Brands purchasing the 2018 World Cup winner, having favoured the 27-year-old in eight of his 11 league games in charge.
Sidibe has now gone on record alluding to the club, Monaco and himself wanting the deal to go through once the campaign reaches its climax.
Would you buy Sidibe for the €14m option clause?
“My aim is to play matches at a high intensity, which is what I have discovered in the Premier League. Concerning Everton, I have my position, I also know the coach’s position. I can’t say, but on my side everything is green lit. The coach likes me, he has faith in me. Then there are things that will count that I do not have control over, Monaco’s position, Everton’s position.
“My aim is to play the maximum number of games until the end of the season [as] EURO 2020 is coming. [Everton] really want to invest to reach the European places and that is something that is well on its way and that interests me. It is what I want, we will see what the future has in store.”
Here are some of the messages shared as fans reacted to Sidibe’s comments…
Please lord don’t let this happen 🙏 https://t.co/AQL6gZF7PW
— TheToffeeCupboard#1878 (@bluetsunami1878) March 10, 2020
Red for me. Strong going forward but far too erratic in everything he does. Behind Seamus and Jonjoe currently.
— Charles Jones (@ChazJ) March 10, 2020
As far as I’m concerned he must be colour blind 💙
— Jackie (@jazzyjjo89) March 9, 2020
Shame he doesn’t know his position because it’s certainly not right-back and it certainly isn’t at Everton.
All the lights as far as I’m concerned are red.
— lpatz80 (@lpatz80) March 9, 2020
right attitude, but not fit for the standards of the premier league. far too weak defensively, we need to go to the market in the summer
— 🔰🏳️🌈🌐🔸 Chief Georgist Shill 🔸🌐🏳️🌈🔰 (@BlueRepublik) March 9, 2020
Doesn’t know his position on the pitch though🤷🏼♂️
— Andy (@misterAefc) March 9, 2020
If the is a god plz No!!!!
— PHILLY DOWLING (@goldenballs3) March 9, 2020
Where’s a red light when you need one.
— Michael Ranson (@michaelranson) March 9, 2020
the answer the right back problem is Jon-Joe Kenny
— Mike Berry (@Michael99762469) March 9, 2020
Send him back on the first available flight and change our phone number. https://t.co/3ZZ1AAp37B
— Hayden (@HJJ92_) March 9, 2020
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