Everton could be set to break their transfer record for Real Sociedad striker Willian Jose, and the stats show he could be the perfect project for Marco Silva.
According to Mundo Deportivo, Everton are interested in a summer swoop for Sociedad’s top scorer, but they could have pay over £50million to land the striker.
The report claims the Toffees could meet the player’s whopping €60m (£53m) release clause, so what’s all the fuss about?
Well, that fee may sound absurdly high, but it is surely better to splash out big on one or two top quality players opposed to spreading money around several signings as the Toffees did to little effect last summer.
The 6 ft 1 Jose has not had the most glistening career in European football, but his development over the last couple of seasons has been extremely impressive, and his movement, instincts and clinical finishing could make him a force to be reckoned with under Marco Silva.
After some decent loan spells in Spain, the Brazilian joined Sociedad in 2016, and his performances last season have been quite simply superb.
The 26 year-old grabbed 15 league goals last season, as well as five in the Europa League, but it is his influence off the ball that could make him a better option than Cenk Tosun for Everton.
Across 34 appearances, the striker created nearly a chance per game for his teammates according to Squawka, and also won at least one aerial duel per game.
While his aerial presence is nothing close to the dominance Tosun offers, he is technically superior to the Turkish international, and his link up play and movement to create space for teammates was a major reason Sociedad scored 66 goals in the league last season, a total bettered only by Barcelona and Real Madrid.
If Silva is serious about bringing fast, attacking football to Goodison, the Sociedad striker could be the perfect man to spearhead it, and having two top goalscorers available in Jose and Tosun would be huge for the Toffees.
If fans can get their heads around the big asking price, which is quite simply the going rate for a top goalscorer in Europe these days, then Jose could be the absolute perfect signing for Silva and Everton.
So, Everton fans, what do you think about the links to Willian Jose? Is he an upgrade on Tosun? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below…