Everton are reportedly scouring the transfer market for further attacking reinforcements after being linked with a move for Internacional striker Yuri Alberto.
According to Brazilian outlet Torcedores, the Toffees are one of several clubs to have made an inquiry regarding the highly-rated 20-year-old, with AC Milan, Atletico Madrid, Lyon, Manchester City, Arsenal, Napoli and Roma all credited with an interest.
The report states that it’s Serie A giants Milan who are in pole position for Alberto’s signature, though. The South American is believed to have his heart set on a move to San Siro, although his £17m price tag has left the door ajar for other potential suitors.
His agent, Andre Cury, confirmed a £9m bid from an unnamed Italian club – believed to be the Rossoneri – had been rejected recently (as relayed by Revista Colorada), while the youngster has already turned down a move to Barcelona.
Alberto arrived at Internacional on a free transfer in August 2020 after departing boyhood club Santos and has quickly gone on to establish himself as one of Brazilian football’s most exciting prospects.
In 49 appearances during the current campaign to date, the attacker has bagged 18 goals – including hat-tricks against Flamengo and Chapecoense, as well providing a further four assists.
His standout displays have earned praise from several impressed onlookers, including club teammate Edinilson, who predicted Alberto to go on and do big things in his career.
“Since (Alberto) arrived, I have seen huge potential in him. I know that, soon, we won’t have him here anymore because he has really huge potential,” Edinilson said.
Current first-choice striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin is set for an extended spell on the sidelines through injury, while his backup Salomon Rondon appears to be well below the standard required for the Merseyside outfit.
And the Brazil Under-23 international is certainly someone that Everton’s hierarchy should be looking at as the winter transfer window approaches.
The 32-year-old was an effective force during his time at Newcastle United, but two years in China have certainly taken their toll on the Venezuelan, and he’s yet to find the back of the net in seven outings for his new side.
Therefore, a move for Alberto would be warmly welcomed by Benitez and co. but it remains to be seen whether Marcel Brands can fend off the competition for his signature.