Everton are plotting a move for New York City striker Valentin Castellanos as they look to bolster their attacking options in the January transfer window.
According to The Sun, the 23-year-old is one of the Toffees’ attacking targets for this month, with uncertainty surrounding the futures of star forwards Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison.
The duo have scored a combined six goals in 15 appearances during what has been an injury-hit campaign for both of them. However, The Sun have reported that the Merseyside club could be forced to sacrifice at least one of the two players.
Alongside Alexis Sanchez, Castellanos is one of Everton’s preferences for a replacement after scoring 23 goals and registering nine assists in 36 appearances across all competitions for New York City last season on their way to winning their first MLS Cup.
The 23-year-old has plenty of potential and was praised by Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola last month, who said: “I think he is a guy who will do the next step in Europe.
“What I saw when the scouting department talked to me, I know he’s a quality player and ready to make the next step to Europe and we will see where.”
At 23 years of age, Castellanos is still nowhere near his prime and should only improve; this would also means that his value will escalate further.
Everton haven’t particularly struggled in the final third this season, scoring 23 goals in 18 Premier League matches. However, their injury record this term has been a major issue, especially in attack, with the likes of Calvert-Lewin, Richarlison and Andros Townsend all facing lengthy spells on the sidelines.
There may be questions regarding the level at which the Argentine striker has been prolific, although 32 goal contributions in 36 games at 23 years of age is a very impressive return.
The Toffees could do with alternatives in attack, and swooping for a young player with bags of potential and an excellent scoring record could prove to be a shrewd long-term move.
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