An update has emerged regarding how much Everton are prepared to pay for Lazio forward Joaquin Correa.
The reporter claims that the Toffees have a €30m (£25.7m) package ready for the Argentine international, with €25m (£21.4m) upfront and €5m (£4.3m) in further add-ons. They remain in talks with the Italian club and are now poised to submit their bid.
Farhad Moshiri clearly means business and is willing to splash the cash on Correa to bring him to Goodison Park, if this report is to be believed. A £25.7m deal would be the seventh-most expensive signing in Everton’s history, via Transfermarkt, which shows that it would be a significant investment by the Toffees.
Everton fans will surely love that the club is showing ambition in the market and attempting to strengthen the team by snapping up a top talent. Supporters will surely want to see Moshiri and co do all they can to give Rafa Benitez the best chance of challenging for European football, and the potential signing of Correa could help.
In Serie A last season, the 27-year-old produced eight goals and four assists in 28 games for Lazio. The wing wizard also managed three goals and two assists in eight Champions League appearances for the Biancocelesti, showing that he is able to perform at the pinnacle of European football.
Correa scored twice in a game against AC Milan earlier this year and was hailed as ‘formidable’ by his then- manager Simeone Inzaghi, who has since left the club.
The 45-year-old was quoted by Lazio’s official website as saying: “Correa is a formidable player, he is very intelligent tactically, he sacrifices a lot for the team. I am happy with his double, when he has no problems and can train continuously he always proves to be able to play at the highest levels.”
Along with his statistics, this illustrates that he is capable of playing at the top level. He has been able to provide end product in both Serie A and the Champions League, which suggests that he has the quality to make an impact in the Premier League.
Of course, it is impossible to tell how a player will adapt to the style of football in England or how they will get on with their team-mates, but on the evidence above, Correa would seem a shrewd signing for the Blues. This is why fans will surely be delighted to hear that Moshiri is getting the chequebook out to try and bring him in.