Everton target Lucas Torreira would prove to be more valuable than Idrissa Gueye

According to Italian media outlet Calciomercato, Everton are reportedly considering making a summer swoop for Sampdoria midfielder Lucas Torreira, who has a release clause in his contract set at €25m (£22m).

What’s the word, then?

Sampdoria's Lucas Torreira in action against Napoli

Well, Calciomercato report that the impressive 22-year-old had looked set for a move to Serie A giants Napoli before the start of next season, but now that deal has stalled and the Merseyside outfit have expressed their interest in bringing the Uruguay international to England.

Calciomercato report that the Toffees would have no problem paying the player’s release clause, as they look to strengthen their squad following a disappointing 2017/18 Premier League campaign in which they finished in eighth position.

Everton, whose fans have voted in favour of keeping a 25-year-old outcast at Goodison Park, may well be looking for reinforcements in the centre of the park following disappointing seasons for players like Morgan Schneiderlin, who often came under fire from the Goodison Park faithful for his displays.

How did Torreira do this season?

He was brilliant.

The defensive midfielder was one of the best performers in his position throughout Europe, shining from both a defensive and attacking point of view after getting four league goals.

The 5ft 6in tall star may not have the height but he more than makes up for it in terms of work-rate and tenacity, and according to WhoScored.com he made 101 tackles in 36 Serie A appearances this term, as well as making 72 interceptions, 57 blocks and 31 clearances.

Would he be a good signing for Everton?

He certainly would be.

The 22-year-old has plenty of quality and potential to get even better in the future, and if his performances for Sampdoria are anything to go by he could be a huge star not only at Goodison Park, but in the Premier League in general.

Senegal international Idrissa Gueye was arguably Ronald Koeman’s best signing for the Merseyside outfit during the Dutchman’s time at the helm, but Torreira would prove to be an upgrade on him and could even replace the 28-year-old in the starting line-up if Everton’s new manager doesn’t really fancy playing the two together.