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Everton made formal bid to sign Joaquin Correa

Everton have initiated contacts with Lazio over the sought-after forward Joaquin Correa, according to Italian outlet Il Messaggero.

The Toffees are in the market for the attacking recruits, and they have reportedly tabled a formal bid in the region of £17million.

Rafael Benitez is keen to overhaul the squad he has inherited from Carlo Ancelotti as Everton look to mount a challenge for European promotion next term.

The likes of Richarlison, James Rodriguez and Dominic Calvert-Lewin proved sufficient for a disappointing mid-table finish last season.

So Benitez wants to add more ammunition to his firepower this summer to improve the Merseysiders’ hopes of returning in contention for at least a top-six finish.

Demarai Gray and Andros Townsend have already joined the Goodison Park outfit, but the Spaniard is on the lookout for another high-level forward.

Brazilian winger Bernard left the Premier League to link up with Sharjah FC, while Josh King moved to Watford on a free transfer after being released by the club. 

It is now time to sort the incomings, with Everton joining the likes of Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and Paris Saint-Germain in the race to sign Correa.

The Argentina international has drawn Benitez’s attention during his rise to prominence at the Stadio Olimpico.

Lazio paid Sevilla around €16 million in 2018, tying the 26-year-old down to a five-year contract.

The Argentine has gone from strength to strength over the past few seasons, netting 30 goals in 117 competitive appearances despite occupying wide positions.

Last season, Correa recorded eight goals and four assists in 28 Serie A appearances for the Rome side, establishing himself as one of Simone Inzaghi’s most trusted allies.

Although Lazio would like to keep hold of the lightning-quick forward, they may need to consider his departure given the growing interest from foreign clubs.

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