The 23-year-old Turkey international has reportedly been the subject of interest from the Toffees, who remain keen on landing him, but he is holding out for a move to Italian side AS Roma. According to TRT Sports, the Eternal City is a preferable alternative to a Merseyside move and a chance to compete in the Premier League.
A separate source indicates that Roma have been trying to lure Celik to the Italian capital for more than a year and can offer him regular football at a European level.
Everton have looked to the Turkish defender as a solution at right-back previously as they face two key issues in the position. Academy product Jonjoe Kenny, who is the same age as Celik, appears to be an unwanted man.
After two impressive loan spells in the Bundesliga with Schalke 04, it has emerged that Everton are looking to strike a deal with Burnley for Kenny, as per Liverpool Echo. It is unclear as to whether offloading Kenny would be on an initial loan basis or a permanent transfer.
Moreover, club captain Seamus Coleman is an experienced option but, at 32 years of age, he is approaching the twilight of his career. Naturally, the Irishman will not be a Toffees player forever, so identifying a youthful long-term replacement for him is sensible future-proofing.
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Missing out on Celik is certainly a missed opportunity for Everton, but he is not the only viable long-term right-back option. The Merseysiders have been recently linked with Max Aarons, who could be one young alternative to Celik.
The Toffees will be drawing up a shortlist of right-back targets at one point or another, and are in no rush to sign new players.