Carlo Ancelotti is hoping to beat out Manchester United and Tottenham to the signature of Marseille midfielder Morgan Sanson, based on reports by Express Sport. The 25-year old agreed a deal with the French club’s board when signing a new contract in December 2018 that he would be permitted to leave this summer, according to reports, and Ancelotti is looking to make the most of said agreement. Southampton and West Ham are also reported to be keen on the former French U-21 international, while Ancelotti is said to have held an interest in the player since his time at Napoli. The latest sports betting offers suggest Goodison Park could be the likely destination for the midfield star.

Express Sport assert that Sanson would have been a prime target for Ancelotti in January, although Marseille blocked all exit paths, claiming that the midfielder would be going nowhere until the summer at least. Sanson has reportedly now advised the club they need to honour their agreement and let him leave in the summer, and Everton are expecting to use the situation to their own advantage. Everton are very likely to invest heavily in the summer, having not been active whatsoever in the January market, and Liverpool Echo suggests that Ancelotti could look to sign up a new midfielder to run the engine room at Goodison Park. Now is the time to become a sports punter and back these rumours heavily.

With Fabian Delph, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Morgan Schneiderlin all having frequently seen themselves in the firing line by the fan base this season for below-par performances, it’s apparent that some supporters may enjoy another option in midfield. Andre Gomes returned from injury against Arsenal last weekend, while Jean-Philippe Gbamin is expected to be ready to play a role for the beginning of next season, meaning Everton will have tons of options to fulfil their midfield areas, with Tom Davies also included in that category.

Should the Toffees want to sign Sanson, the club will first need to free up space in the squad, as the club have nothing to gain from hoarding midfield alternatives, especially since most of the club’s present options are on sizeable weekly wages. Sanson has missed one league match for OM this year, through suspension as a result of picking up too many cards. The Frenchman has scored four and assisted four goals from 25 Ligue 1 appearances. Whether he is the ideal person for Everton is up to debate, but he could put in a burst of electricity at Goodison Park into a midfield group devoid of quality.