Everton planning surprise move for 22-year-old Chelsea defender

Everton have identified the London giants centre-back Fikayo Tomori as their prime defender target. London club, however, are not willing to loan out England international who is only starting to win back a spot in the first-team after a rough patch, with Chelsea instead of looking to part with Antonio Rudiger.

Toffees are in need of a player in back-line with Mason Holgate and Jarrad Branthwaite both currently sidelined with injuries, leaving Yerry Mina and Michael Keane as the only options. The exit for Rudiger before the transfer window closes is now likely after Antonio was left out of the squad for the Carabao Cup tie with Barnsley.

There’s certainly some conflicting reports regarding Toffees’ interest in Fikayo, Everton had cooled their interest in the defender, whilst explicitly suggesting that the centre-back was not their first choice.

After an encouraging start with Blues first-team at the start of last campaign, Tomori fell out of favour at the turn of the year and has only now return into the picture.

Andreas Christensen’s red card with Liverpool called the 22-year-old centre-back into action, he impressed and was subsequently handed his fifth outing of the calendar year as he partnered Thiago Silva on his debut in the emphatic victory over Barnsley.

The English centre-bacl is just one moving piece in quite the transfer merry-go-round, as the Toffees have now been forced into an offer for Blaugrana’s Jean-Clair Todibo, with the terms of the French centre-back’s exit directly tied to the possible swoop for Man City’s Eric Garcia.