Everton would be making a very underwhelming signing by bringing in Joao Mario this summer.
While Mario is still 23, and has room to improve, his arrival at Everton would be thoroughly underwhelming.
Marco Silva has suggested that big names could be on their way to Everton this summer, and Marcel Brands’ addition as director of football has created great excitement.
There is genuine optimism that Brands and Silva could elevate Everton to the next level, and some of their reported transfer targets do appear to be eye-catching.
Everton have been linked with the likes of Hirving Lozano and Ante Rebic, who have shone at the World Cup, in the Liverpool Echo, while promising youngster Kieran Tierney is also believed to be of interest.
These rumours have created great anticipation over who could arrive at Everton this summer.
However, if Mario is the first player to walk through the door, it may create a sense of disappointment which Everton really can’t afford right now.