By Harvey Byrne
Everton have opened transfer talks with Juventus to discuss the signing of duo Mario Lemina and Neto, according to a report.
It had already been reported by Sky Sports Italy correspondent Gianluca Di Marzio on his personal website on Wednesday that the Toffees were in discussions with AC Milan over trio Gianluca Lapadula, M’Baye Niang and Carlos Bacca with transfer chief Steve Walsh pictured in Italy.
But, Italian news outlet Calcio Mercato have reported that they weren’t the only players being discussed and that Gabon midfielder Lemina and Brazilian goalkeeper Neto were also being eyed.
Neto, 27, only played in 14 matches in all competitions last season with veteran Gianluigi Buffon between the sticks.
However, he did boast a fine record of eight clean sheets, while conceding just nine goals and it is detailed that La Liga side Valencia have also already begun transfer talks to sign him and that he can leave for a figure of around £9.6million.
Meanwhile, Lemina, 23, has been at Juventus since 2015 after joining on an initial loan deal from Marseille before being made permanent a year later for a fee £8.37million.
But, despite making a 12-minute cameo in the Champions League final defeat against Real Madrid earlier in the month he made just eight starts in Serie A last season.
Football Insider verdict:
Everton are seemingly making great strides in the early stages of the summer transfer window as they look for players who can improve their team before playing in the Europa League next season. Now, despite Everton looking close to signing Jordan Pickford they will be making the correct decision if they elect to bring in another goalkeeper due to neither of Joel Robles or Maarten Stekelenburg being trusted. Meanwhile, Lemina is a good midfielder with time to grow and he could certainly become a big player for Ronald Koeman’s side in the future.
In other Everton transfer news, this £40,000-a-week Toffees attacker has been earmarked by an English club.