By Harvey Byrne
A meeting between representatives of both Everton and Italian giants AC Milan was to discuss attackers Gianluca Lapadula, M’Baye Niang and Carlos Bacca, according to a reliable journalist.
Sky Sports Italy correspondent Gianluca Di Marzio has claimed on his personal website that a meeting between the two clubs lasted as long as an hour and a half for the trio.
It is further detailed that there should even be “some new developments” in the coming days as the Toffees look to push forward with their transfer business.
It is the names of Niang and Bacca’s who will be most noticeable to Everton supporters given the former’s previous loan at Premier League rivals Watford, while the Colombian has boasted a prolific striking rate in recent years with 34 goals in 77 matches in total for the Italian giants.
Meanwhile, Lapadula, 27, is a bit of an unknown quantity to those in the United Kingdom after spending all of his career in Italy to date.
He has been at Milan since 2016 after making the move across from Pescara for £7.95million, but in his debut season for the club he returned just eight goals and four assists in 29 matches in all competitions.
Football Insider verdict:
Everton should certainly be considering Bacca due to his goal record in as they eye a replacement for expected outgoing star Romelu Lukaku. However, the names of Niang and Lapadula won’t bring much joy to Toffees fans given their past records. Neither have impressed at AC Milan and Niang even struggled at Watford in the last campaign. But, it is unlikely that Everton will bring in all three forward players this summer and that means that if one of the three is to make the switch to Merseyside then the Toffees should do all that they can to ensure that it is Bacca.
In other Everton transfer news, this £40,000-a-week Toffees attacker has been earmarked by an English club.