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Everton Boss Eyeing A Move For This Italian Midfielder: What Will He Bring To Goodison Park?

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According to a recent report by ForzaRoma, Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti has instructed his scouts to monitor the development of Sassuolo midfield ace Davide Frattesi, who is currently playing on loan at Empoli. It is believed that the Italian tactician has received glowing reports on the player but will face stiff competition from Juventus and AS Roma in pursuit of the Italian youngster (via ForzaRoma).

Frattesi’s Remarkable Rise In The Serie B

The 20-year-old has enjoyed an impressive loan spell in the Serie B after putting in several eye-catching displays at the centre of the Empoli midfield so far. He has netted five goals and provided two assists in 30 matches for the Italian outfit this term in all competitions, which goes to show his growing influence at the Stadio Carlo Castellani.

Frattesi primarily operates as a box to box midfielder but can also play in the number ten position if required. His versatility, coupled with goal-threat from midfield, has made him a fan favourite at the Tuscany-based club. However, the jury is still out on whether he would be able to maintain his form and prove his worth in top-flight football.

The Italian starlet made his debut for his parent club Sassuolo in the Coppa Italia clash versus Atalanta back in 2017 but is yet to make an appearance for them in the Serie A.

He has represented Italy at various youth levels and could be in line to earn his first senior cap someday if he can prove his worth at the highest level. A summer switch to Goodison Park might be his perfect chance to make a name for himself so that he can catch the attention of Italy manager Roberto Mancini in the future.

(L to R) Nedim Bajrami, Davide Frattesi and Gennaro Tutino of Empoli FC celebrates the victory after during the Serie B match between Empoli FC and Pisa at Stadio Carlo Castellani on February 16, 2020, in Empoli, Italy. (Photo by Gabriele Maltinti/Getty Images)

What Will The Young Italian Playmaker Bring To Merseyside?

Frattesi is a moderately-paced midfielder who has a tireless work ethic and is also quite accurate with his ball-distribution. However, what has made him such a promising talent is his ability to score goals from midfield. The Italian wonderkid packs a lot of power with his shot attempts and is not afraid to get on the ball and create something meaningful going forward.

Frattesi will not only add some goals and creativity to the Everton midfield but also increase competition for places within Ancelotti’s squad. He will keep the likes of Andre Gomes, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Tom Davies, Fabian Delph and Morgan Schneiderlin on their toes if he decides to move to England in the off-season. The Roma-born prospect can also cover a lot of ground to win possession back for his side. Still, one can argue whether he is too inexperienced to secure a regular starting berth in the Premier League.

Either way, Frattesi will be a low-risk, high reward signing for Ancelotti especially if he can land him on the cheap and develop him into a world-class midfielder at Merseyside. However, with AS Roma and Juventus reportedly hot on his trails, it won’t be easy for the Toffees to win the race to sign him this summer.

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