As per the report, the player is out of contract next summer with a bargain price tag of €8m (£6.8m), but the Merseysiders will have competition to secure his signature as Nottingham Forest, Nice and Marseille are all named as interested clubs.
Frank Lampard will be feeling the pressure at this point with less than two weeks to go until the Premier League returns and only one signing made so far with James Tarkowski joining the ranks at Goodison Park.
Everton not only have a desperate need to improve and bolster their squad following a disappointing relegation scrap last season, but now have the added headache of finding a replacement for 2021/22 top scorer Richarlison, who has joined Tottenham Hotspur.
As a result, the interest in Plea is something for which the Goodison Park faithful should be pleading, as the Frenchman has been a creative asset to Gladbach over the last 12 months in the Bundesliga and could become a valuable asset if Farhad Moshiri can seal a deal for the player.
The £59k-per-week talent – who was dubbed “extraordinary” by Gladbach legend Günter Netzer – scored nine goals, delivered six assists and created an impressive 14 big chances in 2021/22, making 1.8 key passes, winning 2.8 duels and taking 1.9 shots per game over 32 league appearances.
In fact, Lampard could even unearth his very own Son Heung-min with the signing of Plea this summer, as the Spurs star was one of the most comparable players to the Frenchman last season, according to FBRef.
Despite the Korean delivering more goal contributions (30) and tallying a better pass completion rate (76.3%), the Gladbach forward outperformed the Tottenham favourite for assists per 90 (0.26) and shot creating actions per 90 (4.65) and also won more tackles (14).
With that in mind, the signing of Plea would be a great piece of business for Moshiri and could certainly be a great option for Lampard to replace Richarlison’s attacking threat in the team next season.