Everton are reportedly interested in acquiring the services of Gabon international Denis Bouanga this summer.
Bouanga is reportedly valued at €15m (£13.4m), which is a bargain for a player of his calibre. Fellow Ligue 1 side Rennes are also interested in the forward, although a bidding war is unlikely.
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The 25-year-old has had a blistering season in France this term, tallying a total of 12 goals and five assists across all competitions (via Transfermarkt). It has hardly been a fluke season either, as Bouanga notched eight goals and three assists for former club Nimes Olympique before Saint-Etienne snapped him up last summer.
It is uncertain whether the French outfit will be willing to cash in after just one season but the Blues could have their man if they meet the asking price.
For an estimated £13.4m, signing a clinical playmaker like Bouanga is a no-brainer for Everton. He would provide some serious competition for Richarlison or potentially even usurp the Brazilian as Carlo Ancelotti’s first choice centre-forward.
This season, Bouanga has played fewer games in the league but has the same amount of goals and assists as the Blues’ number seven (10 goals, three assists). The Gabonese attacker has also averaged more dribbles per game (2.2) and has better passing accuracy (72.5%) than Richarlison’s 1.8 and 66% respectively (via WhoScored).
The two players are extremely similar in terms of positional versatility and career goal contributions with Bouanga tallying 55 goals and 21 assists and Richarlison just behind on 51 goals and 22 assists (via Transfermarkt). There isn’t much to separate the two attackers, which is what could make for a very entertaining friendly scrap for their spot in the starting XI.
Bounaga is also available at a fraction of the price of what the club spent on Richarlison. For less than £15m, the Blues would be foolish not to pursue a move for the Gabon international.
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