When Premier League clubs are linked to players from Portuguese sides, you can be sure the rumours will be dragged out.
Everton and West Ham are both said to be keen on Moussa Marega from Porto this summer, and even though there aren’t any updates on any of the chases, they still get some words in the local press.
The striker is returning to the team after missing a few weeks due to injury, and in the story about his comeback, newspaper A Bola couldn’t avoid mentioning the Premier League chase for him.
They take the claims from England linking him to Everton, the club ‘who can be managed by the Portuguese boss Paulo Fonseca next season’, and also West Ham. But those claims actually in Portugal.
A Bola makes it clear that Marega has a €40m release clause, and shouldn’t leave Porto for less than that. Using the newspaper’s words, it’s ‘pay and take it’.
It’s also claimed that the striker has the ‘characteristics of a Premier League player’, which is quite common to see when the local press wants to make some propaganda.
Everton were the side most heavily pushed by the initial Portuguese reports, and that they can bring Fonseca, who they believe could take over at Goodison Park, into it will only encourage things further.