Everton goalkeeper Joao Virginia is set to leave Goodison Park on loan amid interest from the Championship and beyond, according to the Liverpool Echo.
The £6,100-a-week stopper was absent from the matchday squad as the Toffees faced Manchester United in a pre-season friendly at Old Trafford on Saturday.
The Portuguese made his Premier League debut in a 2-1 defeat against Burnley back in March after Jordan Pickford sustained an injury. Also, he started in a 3-0 Carabao Cup victory over Salford City and a 2-0 FA Cup quarter-final defeat to Manchester City in 2020/21.
Everton under-23 coach David Unsworth is huge fan of Virginia, labelling him ‘unbelievable’ and ‘fantastic’ in the past.
As per the Liverpool Echo, a move away from Goodison Park is ‘on the cards’ for Virginia, with Everton willing to green-light a loan exit for the 21-year-old.
The goalkeeper is the subject of interest from the Championship and from clubs abroad, according to the report.
A loan move is a natural step for Virginia after the arrival of Asmir Begovic, which effectively signalled that Rafael Benitez doesn’t have confidence in him as Jordan Pickford’s immediate understudy.
He acquitted himself well against a Manchester City side which romped to the Premier League title, making four saves in that cup clash back in March. It felt like it may have been a seminal moment in his career, although it hasn’t been enough to warrant further senior game-time at Everton.
It was probably that game which made clubs sit up and take notice, and Virginia must now demonstrate that he has grown since a disappointing spell at Reading in which he only started two games. Hopefully his impending loan move, wherever the destination may be, will bring him on further.
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