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Has stunning free-kick shown Everton why Lucas Torreira can be 'stronger than Verratti'?

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...

Sampdoria youngster Lucas Torreira has been watched by Everton - and compared to PSG's Marco Verratti.

Duvan Zapata celebrate Lucas Torreira (Sampdoria) after goal 4-1 during the Serie A match between UC Sampdoria and AC Chievo Verona at Stadio Luigi Ferraris on October 29, 2017 in Genoa,...

Respected scout Robert Druda certainly made one hell of a claim when he told Calciomercato last month that young Sampdoria midfielder Lucas Torreira ‘can be even stronger than Marco Verratti’.

Italian international Verratti, after all, is one of the finest players in European football and, according to The Mail, is valued at a staggering £88 million by Paris Saint-Germain. Barcelona are convinced that the 24-year-old is the heir apparent to none other than legendary playmaker Xavi and the transfer fee would have made Verratti the most expensive midfielder of all time.

Italy's midfielder Marco Verratti (L) vies with Spain's midfielder Isco (C) during the World Cup 2018 qualifier football match Spain vs Italy at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on...

Torreira, in contrast, has barely gotten started. In fact, the closest he has come to a marquee move is when Everton watched him and former Samp team-mate Patrick Schick in a Serie A scouting mission back in March, per Tuttomercatoweb.

However, while Torreira has a long way to go before he can claim to be in the same league as Verratti, the 21-year-old produced a goal that the PSG talisman could only dream of this weekend.

The Uruguayan belted home a truly unbelievable free-kick from around 30 yards to cap a Man of the Match performance in Sampdoria’s crushing 4-1 hammering of Chievo Verona on Sunday afternoon. It was Torreira’s second of the day and, surely, the best of his short career so far.

Sampdoria paid just £1.5 million to sign Torreira in the summer of 2016. Though more moments of magic like this will have clubs like Everton willing to offer Samp a huge profit for another diminutive playmaker who made his name at Pescara. Just like Verratti.

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