Report: Benfica tell Everton how much Andrija Zivkovic will cost

(EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Marco Silva manager of Everton arrives for the Algarve Cup match between FC Porto and Everton on July 22, 2018 in Faro, Portugal.

Everton coach Marco Silva is reportedly desperate to bring Benfica's Andrija Zivkovic to the Premier League this summer.

Andrija Zivkovic of SL Benfica in action during the UEFA Europa League Round of 16 - Second Leg match between SL Benfica and Dinamo Zagreb at Estadio da Luz on March 14, 2019 in Lisbon,...

Benfica have told Everton that Andrija Zivkovic can be bought this summer, according to CM Jornal, but not for a penny less than £31 million.

The 22-year-old Serbian international might have started just six games as Benfica wrestled the Primeira Liga title back from rivals FC Porto in 2018/19 but that has not stopped speculation suggesting that he could be Farhad Moshiri’s latest big-money addition at Goodison Park.

 

CM Jornal claims that Everton coach Marco Silva is a big fan of Zivkovic and recently contacted Benfica to ask about his availability.

And The Eagles have apparently decided that now is the time to cash in on one of their highest earners (Zivkovic currently picks up around £44,000 a week) for much lower than his £53 million release clause.

Serbia's midfielder Andrija Zivkovic in action during the UEFA EURO 2020 group B qualifying football match Portugal vs Serbia, at the Luz Stadium in Lisbon, Portugal, on March 25, 2019.

The report adds that Zivkovic, an attacking midfielder who can play on the flanks, would be happy to leave the Estadio da Luz for a club where he would start more regularly. However, that is far from guaranteed in an Everton side already containing the creative talents of Gylfi Sigurdsson, Bernard and Richarlison, not to mention Theo Walcott and Ademola Lookman.

A Bola claimed when Everton were first linked back in December that Zivkovic was interested in a move to Merseyside.

SL Benfica players celebrate with trophy after winning the Liga NOS Championship at the end of the Liga NOS match between SL Benfica and CD Santa Clara at Estadio da Luz on May 18, 2019 in...

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