A photograph of Walsh arriving for talks was shared on Twitter earlier today by Sky Sports Italy journalist Gianluca DiMarzio who suggested that the Blues' delegation was there to hold talks with AC Milan and Internazionale but it appears as though they will also meet with Fiorentina and Napoli while they are there.
Naturally, speculation has been rife as to which players he could be in Milan to discuss, with the names of striker Carols Bacca, Jeison Murillo, Gianluca Lapadula, Ever Banega and M'baye Niang bandied about.
In an interview with Radio CRC, Everton scout Carlo Jacomuzzi admitted that Bacca and defender Duvan Zapata were "interesting" options.
The future of Gerard Deulofeu, who spent the latter half of last season on loan at the San Siro, could also be on the agenda. If they are interested in in retaining him on a permanent basis, AC Milan have yet to lodge an offer to sign him.
Inter's Zapata, a Colombian international team-mate of Murillo who was linked with the Blues last week, has long been sought after by Premier League clubs while Bacca of AC, now 30 but still prolific in front of goal, could be looking for a move.
Jacomuzzi said that the club's interest in Dries Mertens has waned after he signed new terms in Naples and that Everton are no longer looking at Faouzi Ghoulam, also of Napoli.
"Bacca and Zapata have interesting profiles, but [a move] for one would exclude the other," he said. "These days we will talk with AC Milan, Fiorentina, Napoli and other teams. We'll see if anything happens.
"The 25million that [Napoli president] Aurelio De Laurentiis asks for Zapata is too high. However, everyone has the right to ask for what they want.
"This day we will have talks with several Italian teams, we talked with Milan, then we will also talk with Inter and Napoli.
Meanwhile, Italian transfer gossip site TuttoMercatoWeb suggest that Everton have approached Juventus about Gabon midfielder Mario Lemina who has been the subject of a proposed move to Valencia this summer.
Quotes sourced from ClubCall
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1 Posted 14/06/2017 at 17:22:18
2 Posted 14/06/2017 at 17:26:18
3 Posted 14/06/2017 at 17:27:37
4 Posted 14/06/2017 at 17:30:49
5 Posted 14/06/2017 at 17:34:19
I thought he was a Striker!?
6 Posted 14/06/2017 at 17:36:01
7 Posted 14/06/2017 at 17:39:29
8 Posted 14/06/2017 at 17:58:52
9 Posted 14/06/2017 at 18:03:58
10 Posted 14/06/2017 at 18:04:42
11 Posted 14/06/2017 at 18:23:39
The Mandarin Oriental means we might get a photo of dinner at Ristorante Seta with Bacca and Zapata.
If they're at the Greco (where I spent one night in 1978), Walsh will be coming home with Banega's boot boy and and a couple of takeaway pizzas.
12 Posted 14/06/2017 at 18:34:05
Milan have made no secret of their desire to keep Deulofeu, and given Barcelona's reluctance to buy him back, I think they just need Everton to agree a fee (15million Euros is mentioned over here in Italy).
The other players mentioned in this article don't strike me as the most consistent with the exception of Mertens who has just had the best season of his career and taken over from Higuain as the darling of Napoli fans.
From Milan - I would love it if we could get Manuel Locatelli only young but has the makings of becoming a brilliant player, Suso who plays between the lines of attack and midfield or the young defender Romagnoli who Montella noted in the very good Roma youth setup.
From Inter - I like Candreva who has bags of talent on the right, lots of assists and scores important goals, Joao Mario the ex-Porto midfielder who has a motor on him (though Everton already have lots of competition in that area) or Gagliardini who arrived from Atalanta last season and may soon become a key member of the Italian national side.
From Napoli - I like Koulibaly and Mertens. Can't really think of others worth going for at the moment but Walsh and his team may see things differently.
From Fiorentina - Federico Bernardeschi comes to mind, there is lots of speculation about him going to Juventus or Inter. Has scored some lovely goals from outside the area last season. Kalinic is a good striker who Milan are after, and one for the future is Federico Chiesa (the son of former Italy striker Enrico Chiesa).
13 Posted 14/06/2017 at 18:55:21
14 Posted 14/06/2017 at 19:10:52
15 Posted 14/06/2017 at 19:13:54
What about it is bizarre exactly? When Lukaku leaves we will have exactly zero strikers in the senior team. I would sincerely hope we plan on signing more than a single striker this Summer. Kone gone, Valencia gone, Lukaku soon to be gone. By my count that leaves us needing a hell of a lot more than just Sandro.
16 Posted 14/06/2017 at 19:19:22
Or were you just baiting us with your remark, attempting to catch us out?
17 Posted 14/06/2017 at 19:21:36
18 Posted 14/06/2017 at 19:43:44
Sorry, private joke... only joking, Martin.
19 Posted 14/06/2017 at 19:53:41
20 Posted 14/06/2017 at 19:57:53
22 Posted 14/06/2017 at 20:25:43
We're off signing dross in Italy when we should be securing Pickford and Sandro. Now we're going to sign a load of randoms instead of focusing on quality. One of whom (Niang) we almost signed five years ago and last season he looked much worse than Calvert-Lewin.
We need to get quality in and continue to develop youth talent. We should be holland securing Klaassen, picking up the new Ajax prodigy de Ligt, and why not Kasper Dolberg. The one stop Ajax shop for three great young players, then back to England for sigurdsson. And then on the phone to Lukaku and saying, what do you think now Rom? One more year?
23 Posted 14/06/2017 at 20:38:47
We know there will be twists and turns as some of our targets get picked off by a desperate West ham, Stoke or Crystal Palace willing to spunk the lot of their TV money or a champions League outfit offering better step up
We need Walsh out in the market where Italian clubs and relationships may deliver 1-3 quality players - either squad depth or replacing the strike force which has all but disappeared.
Mr Walsh has already put our stake in the Sandro table stakes and Pickford appears to be a Fitness test from conclusion .
Sigurdsson is a waiting game and Koeman will be playing the Dutch angle and no doubt the Spanish angle
But where is Bill? and Bob?
Certainly not Bizarre Stevie F...?
24 Posted 14/06/2017 at 20:40:11
25 Posted 14/06/2017 at 20:42:38
26 Posted 14/06/2017 at 20:50:46
27 Posted 14/06/2017 at 21:02:01
Scout is interviewed, Walsh is photographed but there's nothing to see here. Brilliant.
28 Posted 14/06/2017 at 21:19:18
29 Posted 14/06/2017 at 21:31:05
I'm hoping that we haven't actually told the journos who are "actual" Italian targets really are. I'm hopeful that Steve Walsh and his entourage are laying a smelly trail to keep them off our real targets. We can but hope.
30 Posted 14/06/2017 at 22:05:07
Let's see what he's got before the knives come out.
31 Posted 14/06/2017 at 23:20:52
If these reports are true then both player and agent must be on-side.
32 Posted 14/06/2017 at 23:32:20
33 Posted 14/06/2017 at 23:34:03
34 Posted 14/06/2017 at 23:52:55
He's still only 22 and I suspect that his game is better suited to the Premier League than Serie A football. He did okay for Watford. I gather they wanted to sign him so he mustn't have done too bad.
Carlos Bacca would be a decent signing, again in a deal for Deulofeu with us chucking a few million Milan's way.
Not sure about the other Milan striker (Lapadula) He's 27 and bounced around most of the clubs in Serie A without ever getting a cap for Italy. Definitely not the calibre of striker to replace Rom, IMO.
35 Posted 14/06/2017 at 00:03:18
"We're off signing dross in Italy... a load of randoms instead of focusing on quality."
Man, you would boo a sunset. At 11am.
36 Posted 15/06/2017 at 01:30:54
37 Posted 15/06/2017 at 03:52:07
38 Posted 15/06/2017 at 04:14:23
39 Posted 15/06/2017 at 05:00:46
40 Posted 15/06/2017 at 05:01:49
I'd suggest, without selling anyone, we'd have £80m maybe to spend. Just a figure plucked out the air... but if it is in that ballpark, we would spend that by signing Klaassen, Pickford, Keane and say one more top player in the £20m range. So it wouldn't surprise me if we target 1 or 2 on loan.
41 Posted 15/06/2017 at 07:16:27
This above is, at present, wishful thinking, but it would be nice if it actually came true.
Pessimistic slant is: Walsh is just in Italy to finalize the sale of Deulofeu.
42 Posted 15/06/2017 at 08:51:24
43 Posted 15/06/2017 at 09:43:40
Either John (#19) is right and they got their Zapata's confused, or we have a really bad scout that can't tell the difference between a defender and a striker.
Or, perhaps more likely, the whole list of names is a smokescreen to throw the press off the real target Koulibaly.
44 Posted 15/06/2017 at 10:02:33
45 Posted 15/06/2017 at 10:06:06
46 Posted 15/06/2017 at 11:18:43
47 Posted 15/06/2017 at 13:38:59
48 Posted 15/06/2017 at 14:06:58
49 Posted 15/06/2017 at 14:17:19
50 Posted 15/06/2017 at 14:22:34
51 Posted 15/06/2017 at 14:42:38
52 Posted 15/06/2017 at 15:15:19
53 Posted 15/06/2017 at 15:18:35
Extremely happy to sign Klaassen. Just wish we had news on Ramirez as he is the one we need. He is awesome.
54 Posted 15/06/2017 at 15:25:01
He sounds just what we need.
Gomez on Tevez, what a challenge lol: https://youtu.be/x2uwDZ09v-I
I hope we got Klaassen sorted this weekend.
55 Posted 15/06/2017 at 15:39:39
Hurry up and make your mind up or the big blue ship will sail without you, Sandro.
56 Posted 15/06/2017 at 15:48:44
57 Posted 15/06/2017 at 15:54:05
58 Posted 16/06/2017 at 08:32:44
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