Everton have joined the race alongside fellow Premier League opposition in the hunt to secure the signature of Bayer Leverkusen winger Karim Bellarabi, according to German news outlet Bild.
The 27-year-old only made 17 starts for the Bundelisga outfit last term due to a persistent injury during the first half of the season, however impressed on his return – netting four times in all competitions whilst providing six assists.
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Everton have been busy since the end of last season, securing deals for Davy Klaassen, Jordan Pickford and Henry Onyekuru – with more new faces expected at Goodison Park.
Gerard Deulofeu has left the Premier League side and as such a new wideman to add impetus in the final third could well be on Ronald Koeman’s wishlist – with Bellarabi an interesting option.
The 11-times capped Germany international joined Die Werkself after youth spells with Werder Bremen and fifth tier side FC Oberneuland Bremen and holds a goal-to-game ratio of one every four over the course of his career.
Even though Bellarabi only racked up half a dozen assists during the 2016/17 campaign, he created more than one clear-cut chance in every fixture he played – something that may see a higher return at Everton.
However the wide man will not come cheap, with Bayer Leverkusen understood to be expecting €25 million (£22million) to secure their star man’s services, according to the report.
Everton will also have to overcome interest from fellow Premier League club Arsenal as well as many others in Europe who are all said to be monitoring the 27-year-old.
Given that Bellarabi has pace to turn, trickery and Champions League experience, his addition would be an exciting one if the Toffees could win the race for his signature.
With Leverkusen not playing European football in 2017-18, a host of their better players are believed to be coveted and as such Everton could well strike for the gifted attacking midfielder.