An update has emerged regarding Everton’s interest in Lazio forward Joaquin Correa.
According to Corriere dello Sport, the Toffees have cooled their interest in the Argentine, alongside Arsenal, PSG and Tottenham.
The report claims that Lazio are looking for a fee in the region of £30m (€35m) for the 26-year-old, but are yet to receive a single bid for his services this summer.
Everton fans may well be livid following this news as Correa could be a sublime signing for the club and exactly the type of player Rafa Benitez needs. The Toffees struggled to find consistent goalscorers in the Premier League last season, with Dominic Calvert-Lewin the only player able to score more than seven.
This suggests that the Spaniard needs more firepower in his squad for the 2021/22 campaign, and Correa could offer just that. He provided 17 direct goal contributions for Lazio last term, with 11 goals and six assists for the club in the Serie A and Champions League. The Argentine can score and provide assists at a respectable rate at the top level and could offer quality support to the likes of Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison in the final third.
In a tactical analysis of the forward, Breaking the Lines described him as a menace who is able to use his ability and movement to create chances for his side. They wrote:
“It is no wonder why his style of play is drawing fans towards his potential. Correa’s wide repertoire of skills and his tricky dribbling makes him a menace for opposing defenders. His quick movement and awareness allow him to move into spaces or drop deep to enable his teammates to move forward.
“He can be the creative outlet of the side, creating chances for his teammates. It is because of his movement that he is able to draw defenders away, then using his dribbling to get past them and either provide a key pass or go for goal himself.
“Highly versatile, he can play on both wings or in the centre, with his wide array of assets allowing him to flourish in either position.”
This offers an example of the qualities he could bring to Everton, which – along with his aforementioned statistics for Lazio – makes him seem like an ideal signing for the Merseyside club. He could bring creativity, trickery, quality and goals which not many of the current batch of Toffees players are able to provide.
Therefore, fans may be frustrated that Marcel Brands has opted against pursuing a move as it stands, and they will surely be hoping that he changes his mind before the end of the transfer window.