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Everton could replace Richarlison with Real Madrid’s Luka Jovic

Everton may be forced into selling Brazilian forward and fan favourite Richarlison this summer, with the 24-year-old wanting to leave Goodison Park at the end of the season.

Should they attract a fee greater than his £49.5m Transfermarkt valuation, the Toffees could be set for a busy few months with incomings, particularly if they manage to secure their Premier League status for another season.

What’s the news?

According to Spanish media outlet Marca, Real Madrid striker Luka Jovic is already “packing his bags” ahead of his impending departure from the LaLiga side, and Everton, as well as Arsenal, could be his summer destination.

Could Jovic replace Richarlison at Everton?

Yes, he still has potential!

Yes, he still has potential!

No, Richarlison is miles better!

No, Richarlison is miles better!

Having made just 17 appearances in all competitions for the club this season so far, the Serbian, who signed from Frankfurt for £56.7m back in July 2019, is desperate to move to a team that will give him regular game time.

Last week in the El Classico, Croatian midfielder Luka Modric was preferred by manager Carlo Ancelotti ahead of Jovic, who then potentially took a swipe at the Italian on Instagram.

Clinical scorer waiting to be let loose

In the season before moving to Madrid, Jovic scored 27 goals in 48 appearances in all competitions – as he became one of the most exciting talents in Europe, with Lionel Messi describing him as “a magical player who makes the impossible, possible.”

The 24-year-old has excellent technical ability, evident by the fact that according to FBRef, he ranks in the top 1% of strikers across Europe’s top five leagues and continental competitions for percentage of long passes per 90 (85%) and top 12% for passes completion percentage per 90 (79.1%).

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Now rated at £16.2m according to Transfermarkt, he would likely be available on the cheap, with Madrid themselves looking to offload their deadwood in order to fund a move for global superstar Kylian Mbappe.

Should Everton give him the opportunity to shine, he is more than capable of realising his potential with a good run of games under his belt, and if manager Frank Lampard puts his trust and faith in the striker, he could return to his old clinical ways and become a hero at Goodison Park – in place of Richarlison.

Like the Brazilian, he has all the technical attributes to thrive on Merseyside.

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