Everton are reportedly in a race with a Premier League rival to sign Rafael Leao in the summer transfer window.
The Lowdown: Back-up striker needed
The Goodison Park club certainly need a reliable back-up striker to ease the burden on Dominic Calvert-Lewin when it comes to goals.
The England international was the Toffees’ top scorer in all competitions last season with 21, and while Richarlison scored 13 (Transfermarkt), he often plays on the wing to accommodate Calvert-Lewin.
Given that the futures of Moise Kean and Cenk Tosun are uncertain as well, as they were both sent out on loan over the past year, the Toffees really do need to think about signing a new centre-forward.
The Latest: Everton eye Leao
As per Calciomercato, both Everton and Wolves are interested in signing Leao, and AC Milan would be willing to let him go if they can recoup what they paid for him, reported by the news outlet as €28m (£24.1m).
Marseille are also said to be interested in his signature as Milan look to sell the 22-year-old in order to help fund other targets.
The Verdict: Sign Leao
It is clear that Everton need to sign another striker, and Leao could perfectly complement Calvert-Lewin with his added pace and willingness to run in behind.
Should Everton sign Leao?
The Portugal youth international has previously been compared to both Cristiano Ronaldo and Kylian Mbappe, and at just 22 years of age, still has the potential to reach the very top of the game.
Everton would get one over their divisional rivals Wolves by signing him, as he could well be the key for them qualifying for European competition in 2022 considering the Toffees’ lack of goals compared to other top-half Premier League clubs last term.
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