Everton have seen a bid for Joaquin Correa rejected by Lazio, according to Tutto Mercato Web.
Correa, who can play as a forward, a number ten and a left-sided attacker, was directly involved in 11 Serie A goals last season, scoring eight and setting up another three (via WhoScored).
He also represented Lazio in the Champions League, scoring a consolation goal in a 4-1 round of 16 first leg defeat against Bayern Munich which all but eliminated the Italian outfit.
The Argentine joined from Sevilla ahead of the 2018/19 season for a fee of £13.77m, committing to a six-year contract on arrival (via Transfermarkt).
The report from Tutto Mercato Web states that Lazio president Claudio Lotito is holding firm in his valuation of €25m-€30m (£21.6m-£25.4m) for Correa. Both Everton and Arsenal have seen offers dismissed because they fall short of that bracket.
The duo face competition from Italy in the form of Inter Milan, but Aston Villa have also emerged as a domestic rival for his signature following Jack Grealish’s departure.
The sale of Correa is viewed by Lazio as a means of meeting Serie A’s financial requirements and registering their new signings. As it stands, the new arrivals can’t ‘play official matches’.
Perhaps Everton should play the long game here. Lazio might grow increasingly desperate and may be willing to compromise on the price tag as the clock ticks closer to the transfer deadline. They won’t want to risk a fallout with Maurizio Sarri over their inability to register signings.
However, that would be a risky approach for the Blues as well, because it means the likes of Villa, for whom the fee may be less of a concern after a £105.75m influx from the sale of Grealish, could swoop in and agree a fee for the 26-year-old.
In other news, Everton are fielding offers for this player.
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