Report: Mystery PL club to match Everton's bid for Rafael Leao

Lille's Rafael Alexandre Conceição Leão during the French Ligue 1 match between Lille OSC (LOSC) and AS Monaco (ASM) at Stade Pierre Mauroy on March 15, 2019 in Lille, France.

Everton are again being linked with Lille's Rafael Leao.

Lille's Rafael Alexandre Conceição Leão during the French Ligue 1 match between Lille OSC (LOSC) and AS Monaco (ASM) at Stade Pierre Mauroy on March 15, 2019 in Lille, France.

According to La Voix Du Nord, Everton will offer €40million (£36million) for Lille attacker Rafael Leao – but a mystery Premier League club have made a move too.

The Toffees need a new striker this summer, and youngster Leao has been linked with a move to Goodison Park for much of 2019.

Everton have been linked with a host of other strikers too, but it's now claimed that Everton are putting forward £36million to try and secure 20-year-old Leao this summer.

 

They will face major competition though, as Valencia, a mystery Italian club and even another Premier League club are preparing to match that £36million offer.

It's unclear who that Premier League club is at this point, but it's interesting that these reports come just weeks after Aston Villa were linked with a move.

Super Deporte in Spain reported that Villa were rivalling Everton and Valencia in the race for Leao's signature, and that matches up perfectly with the new claims from France.

Lille's Rafael Leao( L) fights for the ball with Amiens'  Prince Gouano during french 1st League soccer match between Lille OSC and Amiens SC at Stade Pierre Mauroy on January 18, 2019 in...

Villa have spent heavily on Wesley, but with more cash to spend, launching a huge move for Leao could be a superb move, handing Dean Smith another dangerous attacker to work with.

Leao is different to Wesley, possessing great pace compared to Wesley's strength an aerial ability, meaning they could work as a tandem, replacing Tammy Abraham with not one but two exciting young forwards.

Given Villa's outlay this summer, another £36million spent may be a real push, and for now, we're suggesting Everton are the favourites to bring him to the Premier League – but it would be little surprise if Villa are the mystery club involved after those recent links.

Rafael Leao of Portugal looks on during the 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup group F match between Portugal and Korea Republic at Bielsko-Biala Stadium on May 25, 2019 in Bielsko-Biala, Poland.

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