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Are Everton interested in Brazilian defender Dante?

The imminent arrival of Funes Mori could scupper this.

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Various sections of the German media were reporting that Everton are among a host of clubs interested in Bayern Munich's Brazilian defender Dante. A central figure in the 2012-13 season when the club won the treble, Dante has been pushed deeper down the depth chart with the arrival of Pep Guardiola. His current contract runs through the end of the 2016-17 season.

The Bayern manager has shown a propensity to play a high defensive line, and Dante's lack of foot speed has often showed him up, resulting in him giving up critical fouls. The centerback was cruelly exposed during the 2014 World Cup in Germany's epic 7-1 win against hosts Brazil in the semi-finals, and he has since been picked just once for the national side.

At 31, Dante presents Roberto Martinez with an interesting conundrum. The player is certainly past his best, but would bring a champion's pedigree to Finch Farm. He has been overtaken by Jerome Boateng, Mehdi Benatia, Holger Badstuber and Javi Martinez in the pecking order at Bayern, who have placed a £6.5m tag on the defender. Also, with River Plate centreback Ramiro Funes Mori reportedly already in England for slightly less, it is likely that Everton will pull out of this race.

Other clubs looking at Dante are all Germany-based, Bayer Leverkusen and Borussia Mönchengladbach, where he had already played before moving to Munich.