Everton are interested in Ajax winger David Neres, according to French outlet Jeunes Footeux.
The Blues are rivalling fellow Premier League side Newcastle United and Ligue 1 outfit Lyon in the race for his signature. The latter view him as a potential upgrade on former Liverpool winger Xherdan Shaqiri, who has only managed one goal and two assists so far this season.
They may pursue Neres, who is valued at £18m by Transfermarkt, on loan with an option to buy.
Why might Everton want Neres?
Neres has only started three of Ajax’s 18 Eredivisie matches so far this season, and in that context, his return of five direct goal contributions (three goals, two assists) is actually quite good. He has also found the net in the Champions League, helping Ajax to a 4-2 victory over Sporting Lisbon in their final group stage match.
In the 2018/19 team which reached the semi-finals of the competition, Neres showed what he was capable of producing, scoring 12 goals and setting up 15 more.
Everton, Lyon and Newcastle may be confident that they can unlock those levels from the seven-cap Brazil international, who’s still just 24 years old.
Fan feed The Toffee Blues relayed the report, and here’s what these supporters had to say about the Brazilian “prince”, with one calling for national team colleague Richarlison to try and entice him to Goodison Park.
These Everton fans swoon over Neres link
“Agent Richarlison, have a word with him”
“This would be incredible”
“How have I seen people say no to this, he’d be one of our biggest goal threats instantly. Not saying a lot but still”
“One day you’ll be at Goodison my sweet prince”
In other news, many Everton fans were buzzing over this Serie A link
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