Everton have had a slow start to the transfer window with only one signing confirmed so far, however, there has now been an update on a new potential transfer target who could make the move to Goodison Park this summer.
According to Italian news outlet Calciomercato, the Toffees are interested in signing Olympique Lyonnais midfielder Lucas Paqueta.
As per the report, it is claimed that the French club could lose their star midfielder to either the Toffees or Arsenal this summer.
Everton are in desperate need of improvements in the team this summer ahead of the new Premier League season starting next week, and Paqueta could be the perfect answer to freshening up the midfield and attacking threat at Goodison Park.
Paqueta has been courted by several Premier League clubs over the current transfer window with Newcastle United also keen on the Lyon star, and it comes as no surprise that the player is so greatly desired as he has been an outstanding performer in Ligue One over last season.
Over 35 league appearances, the Brazilian scored nine goals, delivered six assists and created nine big chances, making 1.2 key passes, 1.9 tackles, taking 2.5 shots per game and winning 6.9 duels per game, as well as successfully completing the majority of his dribbles (69%).
The impressive midfielder also ranked first for tackles in the opponent’s half, seventh for key passes and sixth for chance creation in the entirety of Ligue One last season, proving that he really is the hard-working attacking-minded player Lampard’s midfield is crying out for.
The 33-capped Brazil international who is reported to have a price tag of £50m was even hailed “extraordinary” by Lyon head coach Peter Bosz who lavished praise on the player following his performance against Paris Saint-Germain.
In fact, Paqueta would be a big upgrade on Dele Alli who currently occupies the advanced midfield role on the blue side of Merseyside, but is yet to show any signs that he has what it takes following 11 disappointing appearances over the second half of last season amounting no goal contributions.
With that being said, the signing of Paqueta would be a major coup for Everton and would certainly improve their strength in the centre of the pitch if he can emulate his form at Lyon in the Premier League next season.