If Everton find themselves in Europe next season, this could be a huge summer for both Marcel Brands and Carlo Ancelotti.
The Toffees haven’t been afraid of spending in recent years and they could splash the cash again in a few months time.
According to The Daily Mail, Everton are leading the chase for Metz midfielder Pape Sarr.
The 18-year-old has caught the eye with his battling performances in Ligue 1 this season and had already been capped at international level by Senegal.
Manchester United and Chelsea are also thought to be interested in Sarr’s signature so it won’t be a straightforward chase.
Everton will also need around £27m to prise him away from France and bring him to the Premier League.
It’s understood the Toffees will also have to rival Newcastle and Aston Villa for his signature.
When Everton sold Idrissa Gueye to PSG, they let a huge asset go.
This was a player who laid the foundations in the middle of the park, a man who could tackle brutally and stride forward with immense energy.
He has since become a pivotal cog for the Parisians and played a key role in knocking Bayern Munich out of the Champions League a few weeks ago.
The Merseyside outfit have since struggled to replace him. Carlo Ancelotti did bring Allan to the club last summer but he’s not been long back from a muscle injury that saw the Brazilian miss 13 matches.
However, the addition of Sarr would go a long way to finally replacing Gueye. Not only do they hail from the same nation, but they display very similar qualities.
Speaking about the teenager previously, his teammate at Metz, Lamina Gueye said: “He is a really talented youngster who is very serious in training or during matches. He’s always been like that. He works hard.”
Metz captain John Boye added: “He has great potential. We are all the time pushing him, encouraging him, talking to him and giving him confidence. He has it all.”
So far this term, Sarr has registered an impressive 2.1 tackles per game, while winning 1.1 aerial duels per match and keeping a pass success rate of 84.2.%.
A quick look at Gueye’s stats tells you the similarities. The former Everton man has prevailed in 2.3 tackles and completed 90% of his passes.
More discipline will come with Sarr’s performances as he gets older and it wouldn’t be a great surprise if he finds his passing improving, just as it has done with Gueye.
Allan hasn’t been a bad signing for Everton but the teenager in question here would undoubtedly give Ancelotti’s men a bit of extra bite and energy in midfield.