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Everton’s Ben Godfrey close to Atalanta move

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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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