If Everton and Ronald Koeman ever wanted Brahimi as much as it was reported they did, then there’s little reason not to snap him up now.
Many transfer rumours have been surrounding the Porto player for months, and the end of the summer window did little to secure the player’s future.
Today, it’s Galatasaray and Besiktas who are said to be keen on the player. Both Record and A Bola, Portuguese newspapers, take claims from the Turkish press to say the clubs are close to making an offer for him.
Porto would start negotiating from €15m plus bonuses. This is obviously much less than what they were asking during the summer.
Record mentions that both Everton and Milan had shown their interest during the transfer window, but they now claim it never turned into a bid.
The figures mentioned at the time were big.
Portuguese newspaper O Jogo said Porto wanted €40m, which we labelled a ridiculous price for a player who wasn’t even part of the squad. There was an assumption Porto would settle for less.
Brahimi hasn’t been doing very well, and given that the Porto fans don’t have any more patience with him, his departure from the club is said to be likely. Even a January move is on the cards.
Therefore, if Everton’s interest was serious, then they now have a perfect opportunity to do the deal. His stats from this season aren’t great (one goal and one assist in eight appearances), but he’s shown in the past he’s a decent player.
If Koeman and Everton were willing to go over £30m in the summer, there seems little reason not to complete a deal for potentially half the price just months later.
At the end of the summer transfer window The Mirror reported Everton had offered £34m, with the player left ‘distraught’ as Porto refused.