Everton are interested in signing Inter Milan’s Dutch centre-back Stefan De Vrij, according to reports in Italy.

New Toffees boss Rafael Benitez has already been busy in the transfer market. Andros Townsend, Asmir Begovic and Demarai Gray have all signed so far.

Everton are also said to be interested in Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly, who is rated at around £35m.

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Italian outlet Tuttosport (as cited by Sempre Inter) have reported that Everton are now interested in Inter Milan defender De Vrij.

The 28-year-old played 32 times for Milan in the league last season as they won the Serie A title. He joined them on a free transfer from Lazio in 2018.

The report states that Inter Milan are not overly keen to sell De Vrij. But if a big offer comes in from Everton or anyone else they will consider cashing in on him.

Elsewhere, Jermaine Pennant has suggested that Everton will be “stagnant” under Benitez:

“He wouldn’t come up to you, he wouldn’t grab you by the side and have a chat about whatever you need to discuss. He kind of left it to Steven Gerrard.

“Especially to big games, at half-time if things weren’t going very well, it wouldn’t be him pointing fingers and shouting instructions and telling you what needs to be done to win this game, it would have been Steven coming in giving you an effing and blinding.

“Playing back then, I wouldn’t want to annoy Gerrard first, and then my manager. Steven was the player-manager!

“I think every player will take it differently with him.

“Is he going to light it up at Everton? Is he going to take them to the next level? Personally I don’t think he will. Sorry Everton fans!

“He’s a legend at Liverpool for that famous game, coming back from 3-0 down in the Champions League, which was Gerrard-driven 100 per cent and I know that.

“After Liverpool you look where he’s been… Newcastle he didn’t really set them alight, he kept them afloat.

“I just feel he’s going to be a little bit stagnant at Everton.

“With the signings he’s made, again they’re free transfers and they’re not going to light the team up and take them to the next step. Are they going to make more signings? We’ll see.

“Rafa, I’ve got nothing against you, mate, but everyone’s got an opinion!”

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