It’s rare that a player basing his reputation upon his form in Bulgarian football attracts so much attention from Premier League clubs. Yet, Ludogorets Razgrad forward Jonathan Cafu suggested in this seasons Champions League that his potential is being wasted on away trips to Neftochimic Burgas.
As such, the Daily Mail reported that Everton and West Ham sent scouts to watch the jet-heeled Brazilian in action in Ludogorets’ Europa League round-of-32 defeat to FC Copenhagen in February.
The Premier League duo look certain to be in the market for attacking reinforcements this summer and Cafu, who has scored 14 goals this season from a wide right position, could offer a more reliable threat from the wings than the likes of Robert Snodgrass and Kevin Mirallas.
However, it appears that the 25-year-old, who the Daily Mail claim is valued at around £12 million, appears to have his sights set on a slightly more exotic destination.
"I have a contract with Ludogorets, but I do not rule out the possibility of going to Sporting," Cafu, who impressed with a goal in Ludogorets’ 3-2 home defeat to Arsenal in the Champions League, told Record.
"It's a team that plays in the Champions League and is in a Championship better and more visible than the Bulgarian. If I go to Sporting, I will be very happy and hope to demonstrate good football."
If its European football Cafu wants, Everton would certainly have the edge over West Ham in the race for his signature. The Toffees sit seventh and look certain for a place in the Europa League next season.
However, if he wants to develop as a player and secure regular game time, making the comparatively smaller step to one of the continent’s secondary leagues could prove to be the right call.