Everton are interested in signing Southampton midfielder Mario Lemina, according to Sky Sports.
With Idrissa Gueye having completed his move to Paris Saint-Germain, as reported by BBC Sport, Everton see the Gabonese midfielder as a potential replacement for the departing Gueye.
Lemina has also attracted interest from Wolverhampton Wanderers, Manchester United, St Etienne and other clubs across Ligue 1, Serie A and La Liga.
Gueye was an integral part of Everton’s defensive structure last season, so it is important the Toffees replace him with somebody who can also make an impact when the opposition has the ball.
The Senegal international made 4.3 tackles, 2.2 interceptions and 1.3 clearances per game throughout the season (via WhoScored).
In comparison, Lemina averaged 2.3 tackles, 2 interceptions and 1.4 clearances in the campaign.
While he was unable to match Gueye for tackles made, Lemina was pretty even with Gueye in interceptions and clearances made, which could indicate why they are interested in him, with his higher pass success rate being something which can make up for his shortfalls in the tackling department.
The reality for Everton is that it is highly unlikely they will be able to replace Gueye with a midfielder who matched or exceeded his defensive statistics last season. In the Premier League, no midfielder (10 games minimum) made more tackles per game.
Finding someone like Lemina, who matched most of them while exceeding his pass accuracy, could be the best they can do.
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