On Wednesday, Italian journalist Nicolo Schrira reported Manchester City have made a bid for Grêmio forward Everton.

It was claimed that the Premier League champions offered an initial €40m, along with a five-year contract, from which the player would make €4.5m per season.

It sounded like after years being linked to the player, Manchester City could be finally making the move to get him. And reports in Brazil back up this possibility.

Website Globo Esporte brings a story today talking about Everton’s evolution in the past few years, especially that he’s now an important player with the national team.

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Globo Esporte writes that before the Copa America, the player’s staff received a ‘sign’ from Manchester City, who would be willing to offer €30m for the player. But that bid hasn’t been made official yet.

The website writes that Everton has been followed by the Premier League side since his time in the academy, and Pep Guardiola has already sent scouts to watch him in Copa Libertadores matches.

Everton is protected by a €80m release clause, but Globo Esporte claims that Grêmio would accept to sell him for half of that amount.

We’ve been following Everton’s saga for years now, and we must admit that this is the first time that such strong claims come from a reliable Brazilian source.

And if Manchester City were interested in Everton before the Copa America, they should be even more now, since the player is showing some great form in the tournament.