Everton ‘edge ahead of Arsenal’ in pursuit of £30m-rated Getafe defender Djene Dakonam
- Everton have been handed a boost in their pursuit for Getafe’s Djene Dakonam
- The Merseyside club have been monitoring the situation with the full-back
- Arsenal have also been linked with a move for the £30million-rated player
- The Gunners will only have a moderate budget and are being priced out
Everton have taken a stride forward in the race to sign highly-rated Getafe defender Djene Dakonam, despite Arsenal also vying for the player’s signature.
The Toffees are keen to add to their defensive ranks, with manager Marco Silva fearing the club will lose loanee star Kurt Zouma.
Everton are now focused on Dakonam, following a sublime season as Getafe finished fifth in La Liga and narrowly missed out on Champions League qualification.
Everton have taken a stride forward in the race to sign Getafe defender Djene Dakonam
The 27-year-old is understood to be valued around £30million, and Everton are in place to use their financial flexibility to manoeuvre Arsenal out of a deal.
The Gunners find themselves in an uncertain situation, with their transfer budget for the summer set to be a paltry £45m.
Unai Emery must therefore invest wisely and is becoming concerned with the rising cost of Dakonam, as report the Sun.
Dakonam had a solid season in Spain as Getafe finished fifth in La Liga
Arsenal boss Unai Emery knows he has to be careful with the club’s paltry budget this summer
Arsenal’s plans took a set-back after their failure to qualify for the Champions League, and in doing so benefiting from an injection of funds.
At Goodison Park meanwhile Silva is expected to be heavily backed in the transfer market, in order to build a team in his own image and challenge for European football.
Everton finished the 2018-19 campaign in eighth place – three points adrift of newly promoted Wolves who achieved Europa League qualification.