It’s no stretch of the imagination to say that the summer transfer window had a very Colombian flavour to it for Everton.
On the one hand, they had the situation around James Rodriguez, with both the club and the player trying to separate but failing to do so.
That situation is an ongoing one, as we’re sure you’re aware, with him now seemingly closing in on a move to Qatar in an attempt to get back into the international set up.
On the other hand, there was Luis Diaz. Everton were reportedly very keen on the Porto star, and late in the window, it looked like they may be able to get their man.
Talks were certainly held about a deal, and there was even a chance that Rodriguez could go the other way to make things easy.
That never happened, and Diaz ended up staying in Portugal, where things have gone very well for him so far this season.
Marca Colombia cover him today in a title labelled ‘Luis Diaz, the King of Portugal’ and explain how he’s developing into a top player.
They say it’s difficult to find the perfect adjective to describe the forward, who has ‘dribbling, sparkle, magic and madness’ in his locker.
He’s getting so good that Portugal is getting ‘smaller and smaller’ for him, and a move away is becoming something of an inevitability.
Diaz is getting attention from outside the country, particularly as he is currently only behind Lewandowski, Haaland and Benzema in the goalscoring charts in Europe.
He’s already one goal away from matching his best domestic league tally, and the European giants are ‘putting him back on their radar’.
This is all working in Porto’s favour, given they reportedly rejected offers from Everton in the hope of getting a bigger price in January or next summer.
While they ‘melt with every performance’, they are also ‘rubbing their hands’ because they think they can get a ‘stratospheric sale’ as Diaz was ‘born to conquer’ Europe at some point.