Everton have quickly become favourites to capture Juventus fullback Reto Ziegler after the versatile Swiss international was put up for sale by the Old Lady.
Ziegler joined Juventus from Sampdoria only last summer, and didn’t feature even once in the Serie A side’s title-winning campaign, instead spending his season out on loan at Fenerbahce.
And after returning to the Juventus Stadium in Turin this summer, he has been informed by manager Antonio Conte that he does not have a future at the club, and is set to be sold before the start of the next season.
The news has alerted Everton manager David Moyes, who is currently scouring the European market for cover at left-back in case Leighton Baines moves to Manchester United.
If Everton do acquire Ziegler, then they will benefit from the player’s previous experience of the English game, having played for Tottenham Hotspur and Wigan Athletic earlier in his career.
The deal for Ziegler is however far from nearing its completion, with both clubs far apart on the fullback’s valuation. The Toffees are not willing to exceed £2 million for the 26-year old, with Juventus holding out for a £5 million bid.
Zeigler is also being tracked by Bundesliga outfit Stuttgart and Serie A side Lazio.