The Colombia international was being tracked closely by Sevilla, but Everton have now waded in with better financial terms.
Everton’s summer business is showing no signs of slowing down after it was reported by Tutto Mercato that the Toffees had moved ahead of La Liga side Sevilla in the race for Sampdoria and Colombia striker Luis Muriel.
The 26-year-old scored 11 Serie A goals and claimed five assists last season for Sampdoria as they finished 10th, and had caught the eye of a Sevilla side looking to strengthen their ranks ahead of another season in the Champions League.
However, Everton have now come to the table and are offering a better financial package than Sevilla, both in terms of transfer fee and player wages, and this could be a huge factor in deciding where the 26-year-old forward ends up.
Muriel has a £24.6m release clause in his Sampdoria contract and Everton have reportedly indicated they would be willing to pay that over three years, which has propelled them to the front of the queue for Muriel’s signature, though it’s far from done and dusted.
Everton’s foray into negotiations may prompt Sevilla to return with a better package, but that remains to be seen and for now, Ronald Koeman’s side are firmly in the driving seat when it comes to signing the Colombia international.
The Toffees have been busy this transfer window having already completed the signings of Jordan Pickford and Davy Klassen, while many more are expected to follow suit in plying their trade at Goodison Park.