Toffees started negotiations with Sampdoria defender Julian Chabot as Everton watched the centre-back in action for Germany’s U21s on Thursday. In a rematch of that thrilling U21 European Championship final which Furia Roja edged 2-1 in June, the two teams went head to head once again in a friendly with this meeting ending in a 1-1 draw.
Julian started in the heart of Germany’s back-line and produced a performance full of class and maturity, helping to limit the impact of Spanish attacker and Dinamo Zagreb talisman Dani Olmo throughout the 90 minutes.
So Toffees will no doubt have been impressed by Chabot. He is a potential target for Everton side whose lack of defensive depth has been a cause for real concern since the start of the campaign.
Everton failed to replace either Phil Jagielka or Kurt Zouma, but German defender could be an astute and affordable signing in the winter transfer window. The 21-year-old centre-back honed his trade in Holland with Sparta Rotterdam and Groningen before joining Sampdoria in May for nearly £3m.
It would be a surprise if Serie A club were willing to sell Julian after just several months in Italy, but they could find it difficult to turn down a substantial profit if Toffees come calling.