Everton eye summer swoop for Laxalt

According to The Sun, Everton are interested in signing Genoa midfielder Diego Laxalt in this summer’s transfer window.

What’s the story?

Everton are yet to sign any new players this summer, but Toffees boss Marco Silva said over the weekend that he was confident when it came to new additions.

According to The Sun, a player high on the club’s wishlist this summer is Genoa’s Laxalt, who impressed for Uruguay at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Bournemouth are also believed to be interested in signing the 25-year-old, but Everton would fancy their chances of winning any race that might occur with the Cherries.

The left side of the field has been a problem for Everton for some time, and it is not a surprise that Laxalt is being considered due to his versatility.

The report claims that Genoa would be prepared to sell the South American for £18m this summer, and Everton would have no problems meeting that price.

What are Laxalt’s credentials?

Laxalt, who has a contract with Genoa until 2022, scored three times and registered three assists in 32 Serie A appearances during the 2017-18 campaign.

The left-sided ace actually came through the youth system at Uruguayan outfit Defensor Sporting before joining Inter Milan in 2013.

Laxalt never made an appearance for the San Siro giants, however, and spent the 2015-16 season on loan at Genoa before completing a permanent move in the summer of 2016.

Laxalt made four appearances for Uruguay at the 2018 World Cup, and actually played at left-back in three of those matches. That said, the vast majority of his football last season came in the left midfield position.

His versatility will be a huge attraction for Everton boss Silva, and securing the services of the highly-energetic, intelligent and all-action South American would be some coup.

Leighton Baines has been strongly linked with a move away from Goodison Park this summer, and Everton could have the perfect replacement lined up.