Everton can land Joelinton 2.0 in Davide Fratessi

Everton could look to the summer transfer window to strengthen and improve their struggling squad and now a new update has emerged on a potential target.

What’s the latest on Everton’s interest in Fratessi?

According to news outlet TuttoJuve, Everton are one of the clubs keeping an eye on Sassuolo midfielder Davide Fratessi.

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As per the report, the Toffees are joined by a host of Premier League clubs in their interest in the player with Leicester City and Brighton and Hove Albion also named as potential suitors alongside Italian giants Juventus – with a reported price tag of €35m (£31m).

Dyche could land his own Joelinton

Sean Dyche is only just getting settled into his role at Goodison Park and although his focus will be securing survival in the Premier League this season, there is no doubt that the newly-appointed manager will be keeping one eye on the improvements he could make to the squad when given the opportunity in the summer.

Despite his sacking in January, Frank Lampard secured some great business when he signed Amadou Onana and Idrissa Gana Gueye ahead of the current campaign, with the pair quickly becoming extremely important players in the heart of the team.

However, there is still room for improvement in the midfield personnel and quality depth needed as Tom Davies and Abdoulaye Doucoure are set to be out of contract at the end of the season, as it stands.

As a result, the signing of Fratessi could be a great piece of business for the Toffees in their pursuit to improve and gain stability in the Premier League should they remain in the top flight at the end of the season.

Over 21 Serie A appearances, the 23-year-old – hailed “super-talented” by Fabrizio Romano – has scored five goals, created two big chances and successfully completed 60% of his dribbles, as well as averaging one key pass, two tackles, 1.1 clearances and 5.7 duels won per game, proving that he is a complete midfielder both potent in attack and solid in defensive transition too.

Dyche could even land his very own Joelinton with the Newcastle United ace named as the second most comparable players to the Italian talent, according to FBref.

The positional peers share a number of similarities in their output this season including shots in total (38 v 31), progressive passes (84 v 86), goal-creating actions (4 v 5), clearances (24 v 29), successful take-ons (50% v 45.6%) and ball recoveries (100 v 127), via FBref.

Having a player like Joelinton in the team at Goodison Park would be a hugely valuable asset to Dyche next season and could ultimately form a formidable midfield set-up that would be a nightmare for opponents to break down when combining Gueye’s passing range, Onana’s attacking threat and Fratessi’s all-round ability.

With that being said, it will be interesting to see if the Everton hierarchy are prepared to invest in the centre of the pitch in the summer as the most pressing concern is the weakened forward line at present.