Toffees set sights on French playmaker.
Everton are preparing a deal to sign Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Clement Chantome this week, according to the Daily Express.
The Toffee’s are understood to be readying a bid of around £6million for the midfielder, who helped guide PSG to the French title last season. Chantome was a first choice midfielder under previous manager Carlo Ancelotti last year, but is unsure where he will see regular time under Laurent Blanc this term, due to their interest in midfielders from abroad, with the likes of Hernanes and Erik Lamela being linked with the club.
“After last season, I feel that I have experienced what I wanted to with the club, It has become easier to make a decision. I want to play more and play in big matches. I want to experience something else. PSG is not my whole life. The best solution could be to stay in Ligue 1. But England and Germany would be attractive as well.” Chantome said in an interview with French source RMC Sport.
The 25-year old midfielder has only one France international cap to his name, and is a renowned passer of the ball, with the highest success rate in all of France last season, which would be attractive to new manager Roberto Martinez, who looks to change the clubs image next year to a more on the deck style of play, moving away from Moyes’ physical brand of football.
Chantome is seen as the defensive midfielder who will replace the potentially outgoing Marouane Fellaini this summer, who has been linked with a move to Arsenal, but the London club are unwilling to meet the £23million release clause.