Michael Brown claims Carlo Ancelotti has a dilemma as Everton start work on signing loanee Djibril Sidibe on a permanent basis.
The former Leeds and Tottenham midfielder, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, has questioned whether the Italian boss has selected his first-choice right-back between the AS Monaco man and Seamus Coleman.
As revealed by Football Insider, the Toffees have got the ball rolling on turning the 27-year-old’s loan stay permanent after being given the green light by Ancelotti.
As a result of the financial chaos caused by the Coronavirus pandemic, it remains to be seen whether Everton will try to renegotiate the £12million purchase clause included in his loan deal last summer.
Brown insists that the eight-figure fee is a reasonable figure but admits he has been left scratching his head by Ancelotti’s team selection when it comes to the right side of defence.
Asked about a potential deal for Sidibe, Brown told Football Insider: “He’s played and then he hasn’t, Coleman’s come back in and done some great jobs.
“I remember him against Crystal Palace, coming up against Wilfried Zaha, he had an unbelievable game and stayed in the team. Who is the first-choice right-back? Does he see it changing with different situations?
“£12million? It’s not a lot of money, is it, regarding today’s market. Depending on the wage structure ultimately as well, you can sort of see the whole package, that’s when it can become more expensive than you actually see on the transfer fee.”
Despite playing in the same position, Sidibe has managed to feature just three more times in the Premier League than Coleman this season.
It was the France international who started the last game prior to the suspension of the Premier League, playing the full 90 minutes in a 4-0 defeat to Everton.
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