Carlo Ancelotti has given the go-ahead for Everton to work on the permanent capture of Djibril Sidibe this summer, Football Insider understands.
The Premier League club have the option to buy the Monaco right-back for around £12million when his season-long loan spell ends.
An Everton source has told Football Insider that Ancelotti is a big admirer of Sidibe, 27, and believes he would represent a good-value capture.
However, a deal is far from done given the uncertainty that surrounds football amid the coronavirus pandemic.
It remains to be seen whether Everton would look to renegotiate the terms of the loan-to-buy contract given that transfer fees are set to tumble this summer.
Any deal would also depend on the Merseysiders agreeing terms with the 18-times France international.
At this stage, the Premier League club are in pole position, just as they were when converting Andre Gomes’ loan from Barcelona into a permanent deal at the end of last season.
Everton brought in Sidibe on an initial loan summer after failing to prise Thomas Meunier from Paris Saint-Germain.
He was brought in to provide competition for skipper Seamus Coleman after Jonjoe Kenny was loaned out to Schalke for the season.
Sidibe, who turns 28 at the end of July, has emerged during Ancelotti’s reign as first choice on the right side of defence.
He started 17 of the team’s 21 Premier League matches at right-back before football’s suspension in mid-March.
The Frenchman has five assists from his 24 Everton games, four of them in league matches, and appears to be in front of long-serving Coleman.
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