At the start of the Copa America, Manchester City’s links with Brazilian star Everton got a little heavy. Reliable reports said the club made an approach for the player, and had been scouting him for a while.

The forward said he wouldn’t like to hear about offers during the tournament, since he wanted to be focused. And it turns out his performances were probably very convincing for those who had an eye on him.

Everton won the title with Brazil and he was Copa America’s top scorer. In the final, he was man of the match after scoring a goal and winning a penalty.

That’s why the transfer rumours should now only grow. Websites like Radio Gaucha and R7 had stories last night recalling that Manchester City want to sign him.

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Everton soke about his future with local journalists last night. He claims he still doesn’t know anything about offers, but admits that a departure may be close.

“I’m cool about it. I believe that things will happen at the right time,” said Everton (via Globo Esporte).

“It hasn’t sunk in yet. As I had said, I didn’t want, if anything came, it to be communicated to me. I wanted to be totally focused here. Maybe from tomorrow, it may sunk in, I can see that… possibly a departure from Grêmio may be nearby, but for now I’m a Grêmio player.

“When you want to play at a high level, you want a high level league, right?! The great European leagues. As for that, I’m pretty cool. I believe you have to adapt as quickly as possible, whatever country you are. I believe that every player dreams of playing great competitions. I have the dream of playing a Champions League, a World Cup too. I hope I can be there for those competitions.”