Scout says Everton-linked Lucas Torreira could be better than PSG's Marco Verratti

Everton's Dutch manager Ronald Koeman gestures after the English Premier League football match between Manchester City and Everton at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, north west England,...

Sampdoria midfielder Lucas Torreira has a long way to go to match Marco Verratti - but there's a reason why Everton are keen.

Marco Verratti (R) of Italy in action against Ledian Memushaj of Albania during the FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier between Italy and Albania at Stadio Renzo Barbera on March 24, 2017 in...

Anyone who has had the pleasure of watching Marco Verratti dominate a game of football from the centre of the park will tell you that the expectations, and huge price tag, are entirely justified.

Barcelona legend Xavi may have been one of a kind but there’s little doubt that his Italian protégé is the closest thing the modern game has seen to a midfielder capable of replacing the 2010 World Cup winner. No wonder, then, that Barca spent the early part of the summer desperately attempting to convince Verratti to step into Xavi’s shoes at the Camp Nou.

The Mail reported in June that Paris Saint-Germain, however, would demand up to £88 million for the world’s most talented young midfielder before the whole Neymar saga got in the way and ensured the diminutive Italian would have at least another year in France.

Therefore, it speaks volumes about Lucas Torreira’s potential that the scout who discovered his talents admits that there is a growing feeling that he can be even better than the PSG superstar.

Lucas Torreira (Sampdoria) and Dries Mertens (Napoli) during the Serie A match between UC Sampdoria and SSC Napoli at Stadio Luigi Ferraris on May 28, 2017 in Genoa, Italy.

“He lives for football. He’s incredible. He’s like Verratti,” Roberto Druda told Calciomercato. “Massimo Oddo (Torreira’s coach at former club Sampdoria) and many others are convinced that Torreira can be even stronger than Marco Verratti.”

“I see him ready with the brain he has, in addition to his technical skills and potential. It is extraordinary.”

Joining Sampdoria on a permanent basis for just £1.5 million last summer, Torreira has gone from strength to strength in Serie A and, despite his 5ft 4in frame, dominated AC Milan powerhouse Franck Kessie as the Genoa side secured a well-deserved 2-0 Serie A victory on Sunday.

AC Milan's Italian midfielder Giacomo Bonaventura (R) vies with Sampdoria's Uruguayan midfielder Lucas Torreira during the Italian Serie A football match Sampdoria versus AC Milan at the...

No wonder, then, that Everton have kept a close eye on the Uruguayan’s development. Tuttomercatoweb reported in March that The Toffees had sent scouts to watch Torreira and his then-Samp team-mate Patrick Schick in action.

And, if Torreira does turn out to be better or at least equal to Verratti, Everton must continue to keep an eye on Serie A’s latest rising star.

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