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Everton could greatly improve Yerry Mina in SSC Napoli defender Nikola Maksimovic, who is reportedly leaving Serie A as a free agent this summer.
Which is the word?
According to journalist Ciro Venerato, while speaking on Radio Kiss Kiss via Napoli Magazine, Ancelotti remains a fan of Maksimovic’s talent and is considering the benefits of a move for the Serbian international with his £ 36,000 per week contract that expires at the end of the season.
Napoli are prepared to lose the 29-year-old for nothing, as he is reluctant to pay what the central midfielder feels is an adequate salary for his stature at Stadio San Paolo, despite being often omitted from the starting eleven since his arrival in 2016.
Should Ancelotti sign Maksimovic next summer?
Yes, it’s better than Mina
Well don’t need no more CB
Maksimovic appeared in just eight Serie A games during the 2016/17 season after joining on loan from Torino and enjoyed 22 appearances for Napoli last season, but has played just 44 minutes during the current campaign, as Gennaro Gattuso persists without it.
Everton was said to have been in pursuit of Maksimovic’s services during the summer window before signing Ben Godfrey of Norwich City, with reports suggesting that the Blues had teamed up with AC Milan and AS Roma in courting the middle. central Napoli valued at 20 million euros (£ 18 million).
It remains to be seen if Everton revives their interest next summer with Maksimovic set to become a free agent, a year after Ancelotti originally considered the Toffees’ 6-foot-3 titan.
Big upgrade from Yerry Mina
While Maksimovic is struggling to play for Napoli amid their clash with the Serie A team, the Serbian international would serve as a huge upgrade for Mina if Ancelotti convinces Everton to put the club front and center ahead of him. defender becoming a free agent.
Mina had started the campaign as one of Ancelotti’s. first choice center halves alongside Michael Keane, but the Colombian lost his place on the side in parallel with the return of Mason Holgate from a toe injury and retired again after a retreat in Fulham.
Ancelotti has even stated how he expects Mina to make a mistake when given a chance to play, having been accused of breaking the 26-year-old’s confidence by firing him for last month’s 3-1 loss at home to him. Manchester United.
“No, I don’t think this has affected him. It was not a good match,” said Ancelotti, via quotes from the Echo of Liverpool. “Yerry’s character is strong, he’s a strong character. Unfortunately, he sometimes makes mistakes, as all players do. But he is still confident and has no problem playing. “
Maksimovic made just one mistake that led to a shot in Serie A last season and gave away a penalty, but recorded 1.6 successful tackles, 2.8 punts, 1.4 interceptions, won 4.2 games (56%) and lost possession only 5.3 times per game. . by SofaScore.
Mina, meanwhile, has already made a mistake that led to a goal in the Premier League this season, and he records only 0.6 successful tackles and 3.6 wins per game, including 2.5 won aerial duels (69%).