Danny Mills insists that Everton would be pulling off a “bargain” by turning Djibril Sidibe’s loan from AS Monaco permanent for £12million.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Leeds and England defender says that the eight-figure fee is what Championship and even League One teams demand for their top players nowadays.
As revealed exclusively by Football Insider, the Toffees lead their rivals to sign the 27-year-old this summer, with the option to keep him on board at the end of his loan for a fee of around £12million.
Mills says that the Toffees would be getting great value for money should they trigger the clause in his contract and that Carlo Ancelotti would surely be happy to keep him around past the end of the season.
“Well, £12million in this day and age, you’re almost looking at League One players and lower Championship players,” Mills told Football Insider.
“£12million is a bargain, of course it all depends on wages and everything else that comes with that but yeah, as long as they are adding quality to the squad, better than what you’ve got or better than what you can get, then yeah.
“These deals for players are always vital and you’re always happy to keep them around.”
Sidibe, who has 18 caps under his belt for the French national team, has emerged as a mainstay for the Toffees since breaking into the side, missing just one Premier League game since October.
He has played a total of 21 times for Everton to date but while he has five assists to his name, is still waiting to score his first goal.