An update has emerged on Everton target Matheus Nunes, regarding how much Sporting want for his services.
The Toffees are interested in a deal for the central midfielder and now know how much Sporting want in return for his services.
One player who could be on their way out of Goodison Park before the end of the window is midfielder Andre Gomes. Benfica have been touted with interest in his signature, with his future at the club said to be uncertain at this moment in time.
This suggests that there is a possibility that he could leave the club in the coming weeks, should Rafa Benitez decide to axe him from the squad. That would then open the door for a deal to sign Nunes from Sporting as a direct replacement for Gomes.
Nunes is six years younger than the Portuguese international and could offer Everton more value in the long-term, whether that be in the way of a potential sell-on in the future or by playing for the club for many years.
His former teammate, Goncalo Santos, hailed his ability with the ball at his feet as unbelievable and pointed to his immense speed as one of his biggest strengths.
He told the Liverpool Echo: “In one game, he went on a run which was about 60 metres, it was amazing! People went crazy and everybody was talking about it.
“It’s unbelievable when he has the ball at his feet. Nobody can catch him; it’s impossible because he’s too fast.
“Matheus is a box-to-box player. He’s not so strong like midfielders in the Premier League but he’s very fast. He’s very good with the ball because he is a Brazilian boy.”
This highlights some of the qualities he could bring to Goodison Park and why he could be an exciting signing, with his dribbling skills potentially being able to get fans off their seat when he gets the ball.
The 22-year-old averaged a solid SofaScore rating of 6.75 in Liga NOS for Sporting in the 2020/21 campaign. He won 56% of his total duels and lost possession 5.6 times per match. Gomes, meanwhile, averaged a dismal SofaScore rating of 6.58 in the Premier League last term. He only won 42% of his total duels and lost possession 8.4 times per match.
Whilst it is impossible to judge the difference in quality between the Premier League and Liga NOS, the statistics from Nunes suggest that there is potential there for him to come in and be an upgrade on Gomes.
Although, with time being on his side at the age of 22, there would be no immediate concern if he does not make an instant impact at the club.
Toffees director of football Marcel Brands needs to sanction the £17m swoop before the end of the window on August 31st.