Everton’s Ben Godfrey close to Atalanta move

 

Ben Godfrey of Everton
Ben Godfrey of Everton celebrates at full time during the Premier League match between Everton FC and Tottenham Hotspur at Goodison Park on February 3, 2024 in Liverpool, England. 


The 26-year-old has fallen out of favour after injuries curtailed his progress with Everton. 


Ben Godfrey has travelled to Italy for a medical after Everton agreed a £10m fee to sell him to Atalanta.


The defender, who also attracted interest from Lyon, is set to join the Europa League winners in a surprise switch.


Godfrey only had one year left on his contract at Goodison Park and Everton risked losing him on a free transfer if they did not sell him this summer.


The 26-year-old has made 93 appearances for Everton but only started 13 Premier League games last season and 10 in 2022-23.


Godfrey had an outstanding first season at Goodison Park following his £20m move from Norwich in 2020 and went on to win two England caps. But since then, injuries and Covid have interrupted his Everton career and he has not been a regular under current manager Sean Dyche.


While Everton are willing to let Godfrey leave, they have rejected a £35m offer from Manchester United for centre-back Jarrad Branthwaite and given new contracts to veteran full-backs Ashley Young and Seamus Coleman.


Godfrey will become Everton’s second summer sale after Lewis Dobbin went to Aston Villa for £9m and is now in line to play Champions League football for Atalanta next season.

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