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Everton Soares has bid farewell to life at Gremio as the reported Everton and West Ham United target packs his bags and heads to Europe, speaking on his official Instagram page.

In truth, a move across the Atlantic is long overdue for arguably the most exciting attacking talent still plying his trade in South America.

A year ago last month, Everton stepped up in sensational style to fire Brazil to Copa America glory; making the left-wing role his own in the injury-enforced absence of Selecao captain Neymar and scoring a stunner in the final victory over Peru.

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The 24-year-old forged a thrilling partnership with Richarlison at international level.

And, if Everton can fight off competition from Portuguese giants Benfica, then a pair of Samba stars could be reunited at Goodison Park next season.

Gremio president Romildo Bolzan told SGLR in April that Carlo Ancelotti had been in touch, while Benfica coach Jorge Jesus last week seemingly confirmed the Toffees’ interest in his top target (A Bola).

And while Soares’ destination is still a mystery, one thing is for sure – the wing wizard has dazzled his last right-back in the blue and black stripes of Gremio.

“After 8 years, 273 games, 69 goals and 6 titles, today I say goodbye to the club I learned to love,” Everton wrote in an emotional farewell.

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“I am sure that I did my best always, from the first to the last game. I just have to thank everyone who helped me: first of all, God, the fans, my team-mates, employers, family, staff and friends… without you nothing would be possible.

“I will remember very good memories.. Gremio is giant. THANK YOU, it was an honor.”

Benfica are not the only club battling Everton for the signautre of a player who shares their name.

AreaNapoli reported in June that West Ham, Leicester, newly-promoted West Brom and (as you might have guessed given the name of this particular publication) Napoli were also interested.

Any hopes Newcastle had of signing the £20 million-rated Brazil international, however, went up in smoke when that Saudi-backed takeover slipped through their fingers.

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