According to reports, Everton and Southampton are preparing to go head-to-head in the chase for highly sought after Parma winger Jonathan Biabiany
The Express believe the Italian outfit are holding out for £6 million for their prized asset; a small price to pay if you take into consideration some of the obscene deals that have occurred already this summer.
Biabiany will certainly be worth his weight in gold. After all, he was in fine form in Serie A last season, scoring six goals and providing five assists to guide his side to a sixth-place finish.
His greatest strengths lie in his crossing and dribbling ability, but as the stats suggest, he also has a keen eye for goal. Last term the Frenchman completed 50% of his attempted take ons, whilst converting 14.1% of his scoring attempts.
The 26-year-old’s expertise out wide could prove a valuable asset for either Everton or Southampton, but it’s fair to say the Saints are in more desperate need of his services. Having lost six key players during the current window, it’s vital the South Coast club recruit wisely before the end of the transfer period.
Everton, who will be competing in the Europa League this term, are in need of depth as they prepare for a more intense schedule. However, having reached an ‘agreement in principle’ for Chelsea youngster Christian Atsu, they are already well equipped on the flanks.