According to Spanish outlet Marca, Everton are interested in signing out of favour winger Malcom this January from European giants Barcelona.
The Toffees have obviously built up quite a rapport with the Catalan club, having signed André Gomes, Yerry Mina and Lucas Digne from the club in the summer, and are looking at making a quartet.
However, the Brazilian, who joined Barca in the summer for £45.5m over the summer, will not come cheaply to The Toffees, and it is for this reason that the club are getting their transfer approach completely wrong.
The club already have a stock of wingers at Goodison Park, and it is surely not an area of the field that they need to prioritise in January. With star Brazilian duo Richarlison and Bernard, Everton have two huge names. Alongside Ademola Lookman and Theo Walcott, this is not a concerning position for them. Of course, Lookman is still young, and Walcott may be past his best, but they can still perform.
On the other hand, they are still lacking in the striker position with the likes of Cenk Tosun and Oumar Niasse seriously underperforming. Dominic Calvert-Lewin has been deployed as a striker in recent weeks, but the club will still want someone more solid and dependable.
The likelihood is that Everton would probably need to pay over £40m to land Malcom, and that is money that should go to an out-and-out striker. The fans will not want manager Marco Silva to fashion another striker out of a winger, which he has tried to do with Richarlion. That can prove to be hugely counterproductive.
This is just an indication that Everton have perhaps got their priorities wrong, and look like they may be doomed to repeat past mistakes.
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