Everton eye swoop for "lethal" World Cup winner

Thomas Lemar in action for France

Everton's transfer window could be an extremely exciting one to witness.

With Carlo Ancelotti at the helm, it's possible that the Toffees will be able to attract players they previously thought wouldn't be available to them. 

The Italian is a multiple Champions League and domestic title winner, managing the likes of Chelsea, Milan, PSG and Bayern Munich.

He is one of the most established coaches in world football - who wouldn't want to play under him?

That lure has seen Everton touted with moves for players like John Stones and Leon Bailey, as well as Barcelona's Rafinha.

All players with the ability to improve the Merseysiders, their latest target is a player with frightening ability.

The Ancelotti effect is well and truly in full flow at Goodison Park.

Carlo Ancelotti concerned

According to French publication Le10 Sport, they are in the race to sign Atletico Madrid playmaker Thomas Lemar. 

The report states that the France international could depart La Liga this summer with Everton 'very interested' in landing him.

However, any deal hoping to be concluded could be complicated because of Atletico's demands. 

They paid €70m (£63.2m) when they signed him from Monaco and it's implied that Diego Simeone's side want to recoup a decent chunk of that.

Consequently, Marcel Brands may have to pay a club-record fee in order to sign the 24-year-old. Their previous record was £45m for Gylfi Sigurdson. 

Arsenal registered a bid of £92m for Lemar in 2017 so his value has fallen considerably since.

Thomas Lemar

GIVEMESPORT'S Matt Dawson says...

Lemar is an exceptionally good player on his day but unfortunately, those days are now all too rare.

The Frenchman burst onto the scene as a diminutive winger but he also has the ability to play just behind the striker.

In scoring 14 goals and creating 18 in 2016/17, he became one of the most exciting young players in Europe.

However, he failed to contribute to a single goal in 29 matches this term.

Thomas Lemar and Alvaro Morata

It's been quite the fall from grace for Lemar but there is still an exciting player to extract - described as "lethal" by Hugo Lloris and likened to the great Andres Iniesta.

History dictates that he knows where the net is and he can certainly pick a pass out, even if 2019/20 didn't suggest so.

If he can replicate his stunning form of three years ago, he would a stunning acquisition, especially for a side struggling for goals.

As far as Everton's wingers did last season, they scored a combined six times - that simply isn't good enough. 

Investment in forward areas is clearly needed and Lemar would surely be a good, if slightly risky, signing.

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