Everton have set their sights on Serie A striker Giovanni Simeone, according to Fichajes.
The 26-year-old is currently on loan from Cagliari at fellow top-flight club Hellas Verona. He’s been in prolific form so far this season, netting 11 goals in 15 Serie A appearances, scoring once every 89 minutes on average (via Transfermarkt).
In Europe’s top five leagues, only Robert Lewandowski (16), Ciro Immobile, Dusan Vlahovic, Mohamed Salah (13), Karim Benzema and Patrick Schick (12) have bagged more goals this season.
However, Simeone stands out among that group, having out-performed his xG by a whopping 6.7. That makes him the most lethal finisher in the leading divisions (via FBRef).
The report from Fichajes stated that Everton hold a keen interest in Simeone as they eye a ‘quality substitute’ for Dominic Calvert-Lewin, adding that summer signing Salomon Rondon ‘has not been in the expected form’.
The outlet also revealed that Cagliari’s current price tag is €10m (£8.5m), but that could change.
Simeone may not be able to sustain that rate of xG overperformance, but he certainly looks like he would be an upgrade on Rondon.
The Venezuelan is yet to find the net in 10 appearances for the Blues and, as it stands, he has recorded more offsides (five) than he has shots on target (three).
Perhaps the question is whether Simeone accepts a back-up role behind Calvert-Lewin off the back of his present goalscoring exploits, as there may be better opportunities available to him elsewhere.
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