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Everton looking to land Lazio sensation

Last Updated on by James King

It has been somewhat of an underwhelming transfer window for Everton, with new boss Rafa Benitez only bringing in winger Demarai Gray from Bayer Leverkusen for £1.7 million while Andros Townsend and Asmir Begovic have joined for free.

While rumours have swirled since the end of Euro 2020, with the club being linked with a number of moves, they are as of yet to make any serious signals of intent in the transfer market.

Everton looking to land Lazio sensation

However, fans will be encouraged to learn that the club are one of three Premier League outfits reported to be interested in Lazio attacker Joaquin Correa, who recently helped Argentina win the Copa America.

It is understood that Lazio are likely to accept bids in the region of £40 million for the 26-year-old, with their own summer transfer plans hinging on whatever they can make from the sale of players.

As well as Everton, London rivals Arsenal and Tottenham have both expressed interest in the player, who has played for Estudiantes, Sampdoria, and Sevilla throughout his career.

Predominantly a number 10 or a supporting striker, who can also play from either flank or as a lone frontman in a ‘false 9’ role, the Argentine is particularly versatile, and since his switch to Lazio in 2018, he has scored 25 times in 123 appearances, registering 15 assists.

He played an influential part in helping the Italian club qualify for the Champions League in his second season, while he also won the Italian Cup and Italian Super Cup.

 

Where could Correa fit in at Everton?

The Toffees already have several attacking talents in their squad; however, it could well be that Benitez is eyeing additions, with recent question marks raised over the future of Gylfi Sigurdsson and James Rodriguez thought to be surplus to requirements.

However, with Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Richarlison, Bernard and Alex Iwobi to choose from, the addition of Correa could certainly complement what Benitez already has at his disposal. With Townsend and Gray already added, more likely as squad players, there is certainly adequate cover.

At £40 million, though, this could well use up a significant portion of the club’s budget, with fans no doubt expecting a couple of flagship signings. Benitez has demonstrated in the past, particularly with fierce rivals Liverpool, that he is open to spending big on quality players, with him bringing in Xabi Alonso, Javier Mascherano, and Fernando Torres to name a few, while he was in charge.

Benitez will also likely want to address defensive issues, with Yerry Mina, Michael Keane and Ben Godfrey currently the club’s only recognised senior centre-backs.

One player, it seems who won’t be featuring at Goodison Park next season though is PSV Eindhoven right-back Denzel Dumfries. The player who starred for the Netherlands at Euro 2020, scoring a number of goals attracted much interest from clubs around Europe, including Everton, though the club has since reportedly pulled out of the race to sign the player, with Inter Milan also keen.