Everton targeting Brazilian sensation

Everton

Everton have looked a completely different team under Carlo Ancelotti.

The Italian has taken them from a side lingering in the bottom half of the Premier League, to one that nearly looks ready for European football.

That, of course, is Ancelotti's dream for the Toffees, and with a bit more hard work, it wouldn't be a huge surprise if he achieved it.

His players were impressive as they beat Leicester on Wednesday night, condemning the Foxes to yet more dropped points since football restarted.

For Everton, though, they look in extremely good form ahead of a potential summer spending spree. 

They've been linked with some handy names already this summer. Philippe Coutinho could join while Brazilian defender Gabriel will reportedly decide his future by the end of the week.

However, it's a fellow player from Brazil that the club are now in the hunt for.

Coincidentally, he goes by the name of Everton.

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That's according to claims from Area Napoli who suggest Everton, as well as four other teams are in the hunt to land the tricky winger.

Remarkably, West Brom are one of the other English teams interested, while Newcastle, Napoli and Bayer Leverkusen may all knock at Gremio's door.

Everton has a release clause of €80m (72.2m) but his club have seen a bid from the Baggies of €25m (£22.5m) with 'good eyes'.

Everton

Interest from clubs like Everton is rather surprising. In the past, he's been linked with switches to Manchester City so there is clearly a player with mass potential there. 

Whether they can get him for a price severely reduced from his release clause, though, remains to be seen.

GIVEMESPORT'S Matt Dawson says...

Everton is one of the most eye-catching players in world football at the moment and it would be a considerable coup if Ancelotti could lure him to Goodison Park.

The winger scored 15 goals and registered seven assists for Gremio last season, starring on the left-wing in Brazil.

His dribbling is one of the most supreme aspects of his game, amassing 3.1 per game during 2019. On top of that, he produced 2.8 shots per match.

He is a deadly player in the final third and could add a totally different dimension to Everton's attack.

It's hardly surprising that he's receiving plenty of hype. Fortaleza president Marcelo Paz recently said: "He is a fantastic, exceptional, very talented player, with great dribbling skills.

“Of course he will not be (the second coming of) Ronaldo, because he is Il Fenomeno and there is only one. But I assure you that he is a special player, he has all the qualities to become among the best in the world. And besides being strong he is a serious guy." 

To even be mentioned in the same breath as the Brazilian Ronaldo is quite something. Everton would have a real talent on their hands if they signed him.

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