According to reports in Mexican media outlet Super Deportivo, Everton have already launched a €48m (approximately £42.4m) offer for PSV Eindhoven forward Hirving Lozano, who has scored 10 goals in the Eredivisie this season.
Well, Super Deportivo reports that Everton are willing to pay PSV’s asking price of around £42.4m to get the player as soon as possible, even though the 22-year-old only joined the Dutch outfit on a six-year deal during the summer.
They could be set to double their money on the Mexico international already though, with the attacker making an impressive start to his career in European football.
Super Deportivo says that is unclear whether a move will happen in the New Year or after the World Cup next summer, with the Toffees’ Premier League rivals Arsenal also in the race to sign Lozano.
He has been really good.
The 22-year-old has scored 11 goals and provided a further six assists in 16 appearances in all competitions for PSV, although his form has dropped off a little in recent weeks.
According to Squawka, the Mexico internationa has created 27 chances, won 37 fouls and successfully completed 27 of the 50 take-ons he has attempted, and he looks to have the ability to be a Premier League star.
He certainly would be.
While the Merseyside outfit are ambitious they can’t compete for the very best players in the world right now, and instead they should be looking at young players with great potential – and that is exactly what Lozano is.
The Toffees don’t have an abundance of wide players – especially in the absence of Yannick Bolasie in the last year or so – and Sam Allardyce would surely love to have the aforementioned duo on each wing.
That said, he will also be wary at how many of the club’s big-name summer buys have failed to make an impact as of yet.
It will be difficult, and they may need to convince him of their project and make him believe that he will be their main man.
Arsenal may also try hard to sign him as he appears to be the ideal replacement for contract rebel Alexis Sanchez, who is almost certain to leave the Gunners either in January or next summer.
Everton certainly face a battle, but you wouldn’t rule them out of winning it.