Danny Mills insisted Everton can compete with Europe’s top clubs for the signature of Kalidou Koulibaly this summer with the playing having worked with Carlo Ancelotti at Napoli.
The former Manchester City full-back, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, suggested that a reunion with the Toffees manager would be a “big incentive” for the 28-year-old.
According to Italian website Calciomercato, the centre-half is surplus to requirements in Naples as Gennaro Gattuso prepares to overhaul his squad.
When asked if he could see the Senegal international lining up at Goodison Park next season, Mills told Football Insider: “Yes. World class players that he has worked with and players that know him. It is a big incentive.
“Players know what they are getting into and players like familiarity. I think, Koulibaly, he is an absolute definite.
“If a manager like that comes knocking it does spark your interest more than normal, that is for sure.
“The only worry for Everton is that the transfer window could be very brief and very quick. It could be shortened – we do not know. Is the British transfer window going to coincide with the rest of Europe?
“Everton is a work in progress but most things are now in place. Recruitment of top quality players is now crucial.”
Koulibaly has established himself as one of the top centre-halves in Europe since his move to Italy from Genk in 2014.
According to a report in Italy, Manchester City and Manchester United are chasing the defender as they look to address issues at the heart of their defence.