Everton have signed a new right-back as competition for Seamus Coleman.
Djibril Sidibe has joined the Toffees on a season-long loan from AS Monaco. Everton have the option to sign the World Cup-winning defender on a permanent deal at the end of the Premier League season.
The 27-year-old was part of the Monaco team that won the French title in 2017. Sidibe registered six goals and 15 assists in 141 games for Monaco.
Coleman’s place in the Toffees team could be under threat after the arrival of Sidibe.
The Republic of Ireland captain has played almost 300 times for Everton and is among the club’s longest-serving players.
After a rocky start to last season, the 30-year-old’s form improved in the second half of the campaign.
He will be the team’s vice-captain for the upcoming season. However, Coleman has arguably never had such competition for his starting spot at Goodison Park.
According to Everton manager Marco Silva, competition within the squad is important if the side are to progress.
“Djibril has fantastic experience, winning titles and playing many matches in a competitive league,” he said.
“He is a World Cup winner and he has the hunger to achieve much more in his career. It is important to have different options in each position and with Djibril and Seamus we now have two high-quality right-backs.
“Djibril has also shown to me he has a real desire to play for Everton and be part of the big things we are trying to create.”
Everton have been busy in the transfer market. Sidibe is the Toffees sixth signing of the summer, after already recruiting Jonas Lossl, Andre Gomes, Fabian Delph, Moise Kean and Jean-Philippe Gbamin.