By Italy correspondent Gianluigi Carrozzini
Everton have been given the green light to reignite their pursuit of Axel Witsel after his talks with Napoli collapsed, according to a report.
Ronald Koeman’s side had been hopeful that the 27-year-old would become their first marquee signing of what is shaping up to be a record-breaking spending spree this summer.
But Everton appeared to be losing out to Serie A side Napoli in their bid to prise Witsel from Zenit St Petersburg.
However, Sky Italy journalist Gianluca Di Marzio has revealed on his website that the midfielder has grown impatient that Napoli and Zenit have been unable to secure a deal and the potential move now could be off.
This has opened the door to Everton, with the report claiming that Witsel is aware that the Merseysiders are still interested in signing him this summer.
It has been reported that Everton have offered £30million for the midfielder as well as a £100,000-a-week-plus contract.
Witsel was with the Belgium national side up until 11 days ago when they were spectacularly knocked out by Wales in the quarter-finals.
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 this 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 despite and his arrival would mark a significant beginning to Koeman’s reign as Everton boss.
In other Everton transfer news, Koeman is targeting a fellow Dutchman this summer.