By Alex Taylor
Juventus have reached an agreement in principle for Everton target Alex Witsel, according to a reliable journalist.
Ronald Koeman’s side had been hopeful that the 27-year-old would become one of several marquee signings this summer after the arrival of new billionaire owner Farhad Moshiri at Goodison Park.
The Toffees boss indicated last month that a deal for the Belgian international was possible before the transfer window but speculation surrounding the player moving to Everton has quietened in recent weeks.
It now seems that the Blues will miss out on the midfielder after David Amoyal, who manages the English page of the website of Sky Sports Italy journalist Gianluca Di Marzio, revealed an update on Tuesday morning.
“Juve already has an agreement in principle with Witsel once his contract expires,” Amoyal reported on his personal Twitter account.
Juve already has an agreement in principle with Witsel once his contract expires, we'll see how much they're willing to pay to have him now
— David Amoyal (@DavidAmoyal) August 30, 2016
The combative midfielder has already made it clear to his club that he wants to leave after four years in Russia and has now entered the final year of his Zenit contract.
Witsel impressed his suitors again last season, particularly in the Champions League as Zenit dominated their group and made it to the last-16.
The Belgian has 72 appearances for his country and his arrival would mark a significant beginning to Koeman’s reign as Everton boss.
Everton have only made one addition to their central midfield ranks this summer after securing the signature of Idrissa Gueye from Aston Villa for £7million.
In other Everton transfer news, striker Leandro Rodriguez has been told that he can find a new club, according to a report.