Everton may have given up on bringing in Manchester City’s Joe Hart but they have not given up on the idea of bringing in another goalkeeper. Le Parisien is reporting that the Toffees have targeted Paris Saint-Germain’s Salvatore Sirigu.
The 29-year-old Italian international has asked to leave PSG during the summer transfer window after losing the top spot to German Kevin Trapp. If the Blues are truly interested in Sirigu, they will have to fend off at least three other clubs for his signature. Along with Everton, the others that have expressed interest are Napoli, Sevilla and fellow Premier League rival, Hull City.
Sirigu has been at PSG since 2011 after moving from Palermo where he had been since joining their under-19 squad in 2009.
If signed, Everton would be getting an experienced keeper who has played in big matches. While plying his trade in the French capital, he has won the Ligue 1 championship four times (12/13, 13/14, 14/15 & 15/16), the French Cup twice (14/15 & 15/16), the French League Cup three time, (13/14, 14/15 & 15/16) and the French Super Cup four times (13/14, 14/15, 15/16 & 16/17).
Along with all of the domestic league and cup success, Sirigu has also played regularly in the Champions League; having notched 30 appearances in all.
If it comes down to the ability to play in the Champions League, Napoli may have the edge over the rest of the competition. However, if he is looking for consistent playing time, Everton or the injury-decimated Hull City may be the best destinations for the player.
Update (12:30 PM, ET): It appears like Sevilla may win out. According to Goal, the Spanish side will complete a season-long loan move for the player as early as tomorrow. According to their sources, PSG will pay half of his salary this season.