Everton have the financial muscle to sign Kalidou Koulibaly – he would be a short-term investment just like Thiago Alcantara at Liverpool. 

That is according to finance guru and Football Insider columnist Kieran Maguire, speaking exclusively after this site revealed that the Napoli defender is top of Carlo Ancelotti’s wishlist as he seeks a “world class” centre-back option.

Koulibaly is widely regarded as one of the game’s best centre-halves but questions have been raised about a potential lack of resale value given his age.

The 29-year-old – who worked with Ancelotti during his time as manager in Naples – was valued by his club at £89million last summer, as per the Mail.

Maguire drew comparisons with Liverpool’s Thiago and insisted Koulibaly would be a shrewd buy despite there being little chance of a big resale fee down the line.

He told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams: “There’s no doubt Moshiri wants Everton to be competing for European places and this is indicative of that.

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“If you get four years out of a 29-year-old, he actually pays for himself, even if there is no resale value. I don’t see it being a problem in terms of Moshri’s ability to fund a deal either.”

“If you take a look at Thiago, he’s far older than Liverpool’s usual targets. But he has ended up playing in the Premier League and they see it as a short-term improvement in the squad with a view of being part of the overall development. 

“I suspect Everton are looking at this deal in a similar way, speaking from a financial perspective.”

Everton are well-stocked at centre-back after adding Ben Godfrey in the summer to a roster that already contained Mason Holgate, Yerry Mini and Michael Keane.

With 10 matches to play, Ancelotti’s side are five points outside the top-four with a game in hand on all of the teams above them.

In other news, Ancelotti has made a decision on the long-term future of Josh King after he signed on a six-month deal in January.