By Alex Taylor
Everton defender Ramiro Funes Mori will turn down a call-up to Argentina’s Olympic squad this summer in a bid to impress new manager Ronald Koeman, according to reports.
The Mirror claim that the 25-year-old will reject the chance to play in the tournament as he looks to cement his place in the Toffees first team ahead of the 2016-17 Premier League season.
The former River Plate centre-back went with his country to the Copa America and has been under increasing pressure to feature at the Olympic games too, after several other players have been blocked from completing by their club sides.
But Everton will now expect the Argentine to be at Goodison in August rather than at the Rio showpiece, which takes place from 3 to 20 August.
Funes Mori played 38 games in all competitions this season scoring five goals and providing two assists in a campaign that saw Everton win no trophies and finish a disappointing 11th place in the Premier League.
The Merseyside outfit could lose John Stones to Manchester City in a £50million deal this summer, leaving the door open for Funes Mori to become an integral part of Koeman’s planned revolution at Goodison Park.
The Dutch manager paired with new billionaire owner Farhad Moshiri plan to take the Premier League by storm next season and have already been linked with a number of high profile summer signings.
In other Everton news, the Toffees will register their interest in signing Hal Robson-Kanu.