Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti needs to signal Napoli star Kalidou Koulibaly this summer time, talkSPORT understands.
The Italian supervisor coached the Senegal defender for 18 months earlier than becoming a member of the Toffees in December 2019.
Koulibaly, who was valued at £89million final yr, has been linked with strikes to Liverpool and Manchester United up to now.
And talkSPORT’s Alex Criminal claims Ancelotti could have monetary backing within the upcoming switch window and is eyeing a cut-price deal for the 29-year-old.
He stated: “It feels like Carlo Ancelotti goes to be backed this summer time.
“I believe they’re simply going to fall brief this season by way of being contenders for a Champions League place.
“However they consider they’ve acquired the appropriate supervisor in place in Ancelotti to problem at that form of stage.
“Koulibaly is somebody Ancelotti labored with at Napoli, he is aware of him properly.
“There was an £89m payment being talked about this time final yr, however given the worldwide economic system in terms of soccer, that payment could be dramatically decreased now.
“Ancelotti wish to get this deal completed.”
Ancelotti will hope to steer Everton to a high six end to entice Koulibaly, who has two years left on his Napoli contract, to Goodison Park.
The Toffees are two factors off a European spot, however have a recreation in hand on their rivals.