Everton are reportedly interested in a acquiring the services of Benfica’s Rafa Silva this summer, despite his hefty price tag.
According to Correio da Manhã (via Sport Witness), the Merseyside outfit have been ‘following’ the winger’s performances but were reportedly put off slightly by his form this season. Arsenal are another team in the running to clinch the 27-year-old’s signature.
Should Everton move for Rafa Silva this summer?
Benfica are strictly not looking to sell Rafa this summer, according to the report, but the Portuguese international does have a release clause in place. The price for activating the clause will be a hefty €80 million (£71.8m), which Everton may not be able to afford. Despite the asking price, the Blues are ‘still in play’ and Rafa reportedly wants a move to the Premier League after several years of empty links.
The 27-year-old’s displays this campaign have reportedly forced Everton to take their foot off the gas, despite Rafa tallying nine goals and six assists for Benfica (via Transfermarkt). However, for more than £70m, performances like his 2018/19 season – where he scored 21 goals in total – would be expected to be a more regular occurrence.
As the Gunners look to bolster their squad under Mikel Arteta and wash away the stains of previous seasons of disappointment, Everton must be prepared for war if they are serious about Rafa. Both are teams in transition, but the London side may have more pulling power than the Toffees.
The Portuguese winger would be a superb signing for Carlo Ancelotti’s side, as he would bring pace, versatility and the proven ability to find the back of the net. However, Everton must weigh up their options before they get sucked into a potential bidding battle.
Rafa’s asking price seems far too steep for the Toffees, who are only just entering their transitional period. Indeed, just like Rome wasn’t built in a day, the Italian must be given longer than one transfer window to work his magic.
There’s no reason why Everton won’t eventually be able to poach high-price players like Rafa, but for now at least, they should take their eyes off the big fish and shop smart instead.
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