According to Super Deporte, Everton will have to make a substantial offer to sign Valencia striker Maxi Gomez in this summer transfer window.
Reports in recent days had suggested that the Toffees had made an enquiry for the Uruguay international, and that because of Valencia’s needs to bring in some much-needed money, they could let Gomez go for around £13m.
Now, Super Deporte claim that this actually isn’t the case, and that whilst Valencia are trying to offload players to raise money, things are slightly different with Gomez.
The report instead suggests that the La Liga giants are very much intent on keeping the centre-forward at the Mestalla, unless Everton make the kind of offer that they simply can’t refuse.
Ever since Romelu Lukaku left Goodison Park to join fellow Premier League side Manchester United, Everton have struggled to find a number nine capable of filling the Belgian’s boots.
Last season saw Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison make their case as a strike duo, but if Carlo Ancelotti is looking for someone to hold the line on his own, then Gomez is the man to bring in.
The Uruguayan is a real handful for opposition defenders, with his physicality a real trademark. South American football expert, Tim Vickery, said: “He is almost like something of a throwback to the great old tradition of the English No 9 when you would whistle down a mine shaft and up would step a strapping centre-forward.
“He is fearsomely strong. Opponents almost bounce off him, he is so physically strong. He is known as ‘The Bull’. You look at him and physically, he is a bull. He is a very, very strong, powerful centre-forward with plenty of technical gifts as well.”
And when you look at the types of goals he scores, there’s a real argument to be made that he can be Ancelotti’s perfect striker. As well as looking well-suited to English football with his strength, Gomez is a traditional poacher, with all of his goals but one in the last three seasons in La Liga coming from inside the box a la Filipo Inzaghi – a player who the current Everton boss is very familiar with.
Whilst it may take big money, Gomez could be fantastic acquisition for the Toffees.