Leicester City forward Ayoze Perez has been tipped to make a move to Everton, where he would be reunited with former Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez.
In an interview with This is Futbol, Marcus Bent claimed that the 27-year-old gem could sign for the Toffees and become a squad player at Goodison Park.
“If a manager has a player they clicked with and did really well, they are going to be interested. I think he is someone who is probably on his radar. Perez went to Leicester and probably hasn’t done so well there.
“They won the Premier League when no one thought they would, and now no one knows whether they are going to win or lose against Leicester because of their playing style and system.
“Maybe he wouldn’t start in the Everton first 11, but he could be a squad player,” claimed Bent.
Perez joined the Foxes in a £30 million deal two years ago and settled into life at King Power Stadium well, bagging eight goals and providing five assists in 40 appearances throughout his maiden campaign.
However, the Spaniard struggled to make a similar impact last season, contributing to just four goals in all competitions as he slipped down the pecking order.
The good form of Harvey Barnes and Kelechi Iheanacho appeared to limit Perez’s impact in 2020/21, although his ability is clear for all to see.
Leicester missed out on a place in the top four on the final day of the campaign for the second consecutive season, partly down to their lack of strength in depth compared to their rivals.
Therefore, if Everton did make a move for Perez as Bent claims is a possibility, losing one of the most talented fringe players to a domestic rival would have the Leicester supporters feeling gutted.
The additions of Patson Daka and Boubakary Soumare will strengthen the FA Cup holders significantly heading into the upcoming campaign, but losing Perez would leave Brendan Rodgers short of alternative options once again.
With the Europa League to contend with as well as another gruelling domestic schedule, Rodgers will need a big squad to choose from in order to fight on multiple fronts, and Perez could play a pivotal part in their success. Letting him go would be a huge mistake.