Everton have made an approach for Brazilian striker Yuri Alberto but will have to move quickly to get him ahead of a growing line of suitors.
That’s according to Torcedores, who say the striker is keen on a move to AC Milan and has a verbal agreement with the Italian giants.
They report that the player has an agreement in place with the Serie A side, and they are now trying to do a deal with Internacional so they can ‘announce the player’.
However, there is a ‘significant’ difference between the two parties at this moment in time, with the Brazilian side wanting his €80m release clause to be met.
Milan are yet to get anywhere near that and have only offered €10m, which was ‘immediately refused’. In fact, there is no possibility Internacional will open negotiations unless the starting price is €20m.
A new offer is expected to be presented in the coming days, but it does open the door for other suitors, and Everton are one of several clubs who Internacional have ‘received an enquiry’ from.
The problem is that Alberto would like the move to Milan as he thinks that would put him in the spotlight for the Brazilian national team and wants to convince the board at his current club to accept their offer.
He’s already turned down an approach from Barcelona because of that, as well as his belief that the turmoil at the Nou Camp wouldn’t be good for his career at this point.
Perhaps, though, having a current Brazilian international like Richarlison could help Everton sway his thinking? That’s speculation on our part, but it seems the interest is there from Goodison Park nonetheless.
They’ll need €20m to get talks going, and if their interest is genuine, they would be wise to do so quickly with AC Milan pushing to get a deal over the line.