Everton have once again shifted their sights back on Everton Cebolinha, who is facing an uncertain future at SL Benfica.
A recent report from UOL has offered a detailed update on the future of Everton Cebolinha. The SL Benfica forward is facing an uncertain future at the club amid growing tension between the player and the head coach Jorge Jesus. The attacker’s agent has publicly threatened the idea of leaving the club if Benfica continue to play him out of position.
It has put multiple clubs on red alert, with Borussia Dortmund and AC Milan reportedly interested in the Brazilian’s services. It appears Everton, too, are paying close attention to the attacker’s current situation at Benfica, with Rafa Benitez likely to be open to a move in the January transfer window.
A product of the Gremio youth academy, Everton was one of the top players in the Brazilian top-flight, with 36 goals and 14 assists in 138 competitive appearances. But his biggest breakthrough came in the 2019 Copa America, with the forward helping his nation win the coveted tournament by scoring three goals and bagging two assists.
His performances in Copa America earned him an eye-catching €20 million move to SL Benfica in 2019. However, the 25-year-old has struggled to live up to expectations, often struggling with a lack of consistency.
Everton has indeed endured a gradual decline, and it has been reflected in his lack of game-time at Benfica this season. Despite being involved in seven goals, the forward has mustered only seven starts. He even had a fallout with coach Jorge Jesus, which has led to the player being left on the bench in three of the last four matches.
Hence, the Brazilian is now prepared to take the next step in his career, with the Toffees reportedly keen on his services. The Merseyside giants have been linked with a move for the 25-year-old in the past. But they may require his services now more than ever, after enduring a disastrous start to the campaign.
With just 21 goals scored in 16 matches, Everton require reinforcements in the offensive unit. The club’s namesake, to that end, could be an excellent option given his experience at the highest level of football. He also has a good understanding with international teammate Richarlison, while his versatility could open up multiple tactical avenues for coach Benitez.
However, the Brazilian is certainly not Everton’s only option in the club’s quest to sign cost-effective options in the attacking unit. In recent days, the Toffees have been linked with a move for the young and talented Khvicha Kvaratskhelia, although they face stiff competition from West Ham, in the race to sign the Georgian international.
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