A short time ago this evening, Everton confirmed manager Marco Silva’s sixth signing of the summer and it came in the shape of French World Cup winning right back Djibril Sidibe.
The 27-year-old fullback makes the switch from Monaco on a season long loan deal, but we have the option next summer to turn the deal permanent for an undisclosed fee – the expectation is the whole deal will set us back £15million give or take.
???? | @DjibrilSidibeS3 joins the Toffees on loan for 2019/20, with an option to buy.
Bienvenue, Djibril! ???? #EFC
— Everton (@Everton) August 7, 2019
The 18 capped French international played a key role as Monaco lifted the Ligue 1 trophy back in 2016/17 after he made the switch from Lille, and during his time with them he’s scored six times in 114 games across all competitions.
Speaking to EvertonTV as quoted by Sky Sports as his signing was announced, he admitted the vision he was sold by Everton was key to his decision to make the switch and challenge himself in the Premier League.
“I was very happy to hear a historic and big club like Everton was thinking of signing me. It was very easy for me. I did not have to reflect for too long before making my decision to come here. Everton are recruiting with the intent to win trophies and play on the biggest stage. I am 100 per cent motivated and ready to help the club achieve its goals and to achieve my own individual goals.”
Sidibe follows Jonas Lossl, Andre Gomes, Fabian Delph, Jean-Philipe Gbamin and Moise Kean into the club and we certainly look stronger on paper than we did last year.
Now we see what tomorrow brings.