Everton remain interested in Benfica striker sensation Goncalo Ramos, but one of their rival suitors is about to make the first move.
The Lowdown: Ramos is hot property
It’s no surprise there is so much interest in his services, with a breakthrough campaign in 2021/22 yielding eight goals and four assists in 46 appearances for the Eagles.
He has started the current campaign in even better form, bagging four goals and three assists in just four games, including a Champions League qualifying hat-trick against FC Midtjylland.
The Latest: Everton need to act fast
According to Portuguese newspaper Jornal de Notícias, via Sport Witness, Newcastle are about to make the first official move to win the race for Ramos.
Eddie Howe’s side are expected to bid over €40m, with Everton, Leeds, Southampton and Wolves watching intently.
In a possible boost for the Toffees however, the report says Benfica ‘may not be able to keep’ the 21 year-old and it’s ‘very possible’ a transfer happens in the final days of the window even despite his €120m (£100m) release clause.
The Verdict: Get it done
Ramos looks like an immense talent. North East broadcaster Andy Sixsmith, commenting on the links to Newcastle recently, said the youngster is ‘brilliant in the air, a real clever finisher & a proper grafter up front’, traits that may remind Everton fans of a certain Brazilian.
And it’s not just Richarlison who needs replacing, with Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s injuries becoming a real problem for Frank Lampard – the England international missed 42 games with seven different injuries in his career to date.
Ramos meanwhile has missed just four games in his professional career – two from his only ever injury and two for a positive Covid-19 test – so looks to have the durability and fitness to match his impressive list of attributes.
Jumping into the mix to try and beat Newcastle to his signing looks like a no brainer for Lampard and Kevin Thelwell.
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