Everton shouldn't ignore David Neres' startling £26m asking price

David Neres (L) and Davinson Sanchez of Ajax walk during the training in Amsterdam, on August 16, 2017, in preparation of the first play-off match of the Europa League football match...

David Neres is reportedly available for £26 million, and that should tempt Everton to make a bid for the forward.

Everton's Dutch midfielder Davy Klaassen (L) vies with Hajduk Split's Greek midfielder Savvas Gentsoglou during the UEFA Europa League playoff round, first leg football match between...

In hindsight, Everton spending £26 million to bring Davy Klaassen to Goodison Park in a summer that saw a cluster of attacking midfielders arrive was probably not the wisest move from the Toffees

Klaassen has not captured the imagination at all since arriving - with the fee being reported by the Daily Mirror - so suggesting that Everton should return to the Eredivisie giants and offer the same amount for one of their current stars may not go down too well with some of the supporters.

Ajax Amsterdam's David Neres (C) passes the ball during the eredivisie football match between Ajax and Heracles Almelo in the Arena stadium, in Amsterdam, on April 8, 2018.

But based on how David Neres has played this season, Everton simply have to put themselves in the hunt to try and sign the hugely-talented 21-year-old during the coming window as it appears that Ajax could be willing to cash in for a bargain fee.

Calciomercato reports that the Dutch side want £26 million for the Brazilian with both AC Milan and Inter Milan eyeing a potential swoop for the playmaker. And given the asking price, Everton would simply be foolish not to put in a bid themselves.

Neres is only his first full season with Ajax, but has still scored 11 goals and contributed 10 assists in 29 top flight appearances. That could be a frightening return given his age and the fact that he only joined the club in 2017. 

Ajax's Bertrand Traore (L) celebrates with Ajax's David Neres (R) after scoring a goal during the eredivisie match between NEC Nijmegen and Ajax on April 8, 2017 in Nijmegen.

Signing players from the Eredivisie carries an element of risk. Everton know that better than most given Klaassen's struggles after a stunning year in The Netherlands, but the excitement that builds when Neres gets the ball should leave them seriously considering making a bid in the summer. 

It may not have worked with Klaassen yet, but £26 million for Neres could have the potential to be an absolute masterstroke from the Toffees if they can get something done. 

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