By Russell Edge
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has named Everton’s young midfield starlet Tom Davies on his transfer wishlist, according to a report.
The Sun claim that the 19-year-old central midfielder has impressed with his performances in the senior side at Goodison Park, and is highly coveted by Conte.
Davies is named alongside the likes of Virgil van Dijk, Alex Sandro and Antonio Candreva on the Italian’s transfer shortlist, as he looks to make a push for the Champions League title next season.
A product of the Everton youth system, Davies made his senior debut back during the 2015/16 season, when he came on as a substitute against Southampton.
His breakthrough season came during the last campaign, as he went on to make 25 appearances across all competitions, 24 coming in the league, primarily as a result of injuries to Morgan Schneiderlin and Idrissa Gueye.
Football Insider verdict
Chelsea would represent a huge draw for Davies, with Champions League football guaranteed over the Europa League qualifiers Everton will take part in. However, if first team football is what he is after, he better take a long hard think. Both Everton and Chelsea have midfields packed with quality, and despite his impressive form last season, there is no guarantee he will be a starter next season at either side. However, he has a family connection to Everton, with his uncle having played for the Toffees back between 1968 and 1972. It may be that sentiment prevents Antonio Conte from getting his man this time around, but if Davies demonstrates his talents once again, there will be more than just Chelsea circling for his signature.
In other Everton transfer news, the club are still in hot pursuit of this Premier League playmaker.