Everton are looking to add Colombian striker Duvan Zapata to their ranks, as they prepare for life after Chelsea-bound forward Romelu Lukaku.
The Napoli-owned forward scored 11 goals last season for Udinese last season during a fruitful loan spell and his strength in the air, turn of pace and physical presence have drawn parallels between him and the seemingly departing frontman Lukaku.
Napoli and Everton have already started negotiations and a €20 million fee is in the pipeline for the 26-year-old, who has scored a total of 19 Serie A goals in two seasons with Udinese.
Everton are also reportedly interested in fellow Colombian and Serie A forward Carlos Bacca who is not part of AC Milan’s plans following the signature of Portugal striker Andre Silva for a club record fee of around €38 million, as Milan’s new Chinese investors continue their extensive overhaul of the Rossoneri.
Everton have also registered an interest in AC Milan winger M’Baye Niang, who spent last season on loan at Watford, scoring twice, as they look to capitalise upon a superb summer of spending that has already seen Jordan Pickford and Davy Klaassen move to Goodison.
Everton’s Steve Walsh has been in Italy holding talks with several Serie A sides and Zapata appears to be the next name on the list of potential targets.