After the chaos of the transfer window shutting there has been little, if any, real transfer links that were not an extension of the transfer window. Immediately, it was the necessary ‘Stones will go in January’ stories.
This past week we have seen several media outlets talking about Everton showing a continued interest in Inter Milan’s central defender and captain Andrea Rannochia. The 6′ 5″ Italian was a fixture in the Inter team after arriving from Genoa in 2010. In that first year he was named in the Serie A Team of the Year. After the departure of Javier Zanetti, he was made captain and made 33 appearances last year. This season has seen him get only 29 minutes of playing time in the first five games of the season and this has been surprising since he had signed a new contract in June.
The rumours have been swirling that he is unhappy with the lack of playing time. Everton have been linked along with Tottenham, Crystal Palace and Newcastle. The Blues have been described as the front runner to pick him up when the January window opens up.
Chances of Rannochia arriving: 60%
Do I want it to happen: 20%
Andrea Rannochia is an experienced and skillful central defender who would be a positive addition to any team, however, I am unsure if this would be a move that would address the overall needs of the team. Last week we had a back line made up of four central defenders and it was described by many as a back line for the future. Where would Rannochia fit into the pecking order? When Coleman and Baines return there will be fewer opportunities for Browning and Galloway as the younger understudies and we also have Funes Mori who will probably get a start this weekend with Stones struggling for fitness.
The other difficulty is the cost. A new contract that was signed in June ties Rannochia with Inter until 2019. This almost certainly guarantees a bigger fee and would that money be better spent elsewhere.
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I am a testament to the fact that Evertonians are born. My first matches were spent sitting on one of the crush bars in the Gladwys Street end watching the Holy Trinity weaving their magic on their way to the league championship in 1970. After moving to Canada it was hard to stay connected but the popularity of the game has increased and the internet now allows me to see every game live and keep up with all things Everton.