Italian and European champions Inter Milan are eyeing Everton midfielder Stephen Pienaar.
According to The Daily Mail, following the country’s poor World Cup, the Italian FA have told clubs they can only sign one new non-EU player for their squad per season and young Brazilian midfielder Phillipe Coutinho has been listed as that player.
However, that was planned before Rafa Benitez arrived. He was keen on Pienaar while at Liverpool but believes his move to Inter makes a deal easier.
Everton’s £15m valuation of Pienaar has made a Premier League move difficult but Inter have the cash and the stature to make it happen.
It is also understood that if a deal can’t be agreed now, because of the EU ruling, Pienaar would be willing to see out his Everton contract and sign as a Bosman for Inter in January.