According to Rudy Galetti, Everton and PSV Eindhoven are close to reaching an agreement for the 25-year-old defender and the Premier League side are discussing personal terms with the player’s agent Mino Raiola.
A deal that many thought was already done, in the form of Denzel Dumfries joining Everton, has had to be put on hold for FFP reasons, as per Eindhoven reporter Rik Elfrink.
As per Elfrink, Everton need to sell before they can confirm the signing of the Dutch full-back, in order to comply with financial fair play. Elfrink said, as quoted in Calciomercarto:
“We know that Everton are interested in him, but they have to wait because of the rules in England and the Financial Fair Play. It's impossible for them to get a player now.
“Normally, you don't see him in a PSV shirt anymore. If nothing materialises, at some point, he might even return to training, but I don't really expect that.
“I expect the transfer to happen soon because Denzel already said in January that he wanted to leave, and so it can't be a surprise.”
limited funds and FFP regulations seemingly forced the Toffees to put that particular deal to the side, and now a claim has emerged in Italy that they have pulled out altogether.
That’s according to Gazzetta dello Sport, who report on Monday that Everton have ‘withdrawn from the race’ to sign Dumfries, especially after the player asked his agent, Mino Raiola, to favour a move to Inter because their interest ‘obviously stimulates him’.