David Neres won the Eredivisie with Ajax but could he help Marco Silva’s Everton break into the Premier League’s top six?
Everton are still showing plenty of interest in Ajax forward David Neres and Tuttomercatoweb claims that the Toffees believe a deal can be agreed for around £45 million.
With Fabian Delph and Andre Gomes arriving from Manchester City and Barcelona respectively, The Toffees will have one of the most rock-solid midfields in the Premier League next season, particularly if they get Idrissa Gana Gueye’s replacement just right.
With the likes of Richarlison, Yerry Mina, Lucas Digne and Jordan Pickford one year older and hopefully wiser, there is a growing feeling that Everton could be dark horses for a top-six finish.
Director of football Marcel Brands and head coach Marco Silva appear to be trying to put the finishing touches on an already talented squad, however, with a goal-scoring winger understood to be the priority.
According to the Mail, Everton are willing to pay £55 million for Wilfried Zaha but, with Crystal Palace demanding an eye-watering £100 million, the Merseysiders will be scouring the market for more affordable options.
And this leads them to Neres.
A double winner with Ajax and a Champions League semi-finalist last season, Neres’ dream 2019 continued when Brazil lifted the Copa America title.
Tuttomercatoweb believes that the speedy forward could follow Frenkie De Jong and Matthijs de Ligt out the door at Ajax with Everton at the front of the queue. Ajax want £55 million but Everton apparently believe that £10 million less could do the trick.
For now, however, it feels very much like Neres is a back-up option if the Zaha approach ends in failure.