Everton are set to complete the signing of River Plate midfielder Santiago Sosa this summer, according to Argentina Under-23 boss Fernando Batista.
The Toffees fans will hope for another busy summer in the transfer market as the Goodison Park club look to close the gap on the Premier League’s top six.
“Wearing the national team shirt gives you prestige. Look at the case of Santiago Sosa, they are about to sell to Everton for major money and he played more games with us than with River,” Batista said as quoted by Ole.
The highly-rated Sosa has been strongly linked with a move to the Toffees this summer after breaking into River Plate’s first-team during the past season.
Reported Everton target Sosa was most recently part of the Argentine U-20 side which competed in the World Cup which is being held in Poland. He recorded one assist from four games for his country before they were eliminated during the Round of 16 by Mali.
Sosa could be a good long-term investment for the Toffees.
He is unlikely to be included in the first-team plans for next season considering that they currently have the likes of Idrissa Gueye, Morgan Schneiderlin, Tom Davies, James McCarthy and even Muhammed Besic to call upon.
While Andre Gomes has returned to Barcelona, the Merseysiders are also expected to push to sign him permanently this summer.
An ideal option for the Toffees would be to loan Sosa out for next season after signing him to see what he is truly capable of.
It would be ideal for Everton to loan him out to another Premier League side if he is assured of regular game time or to a leading Championship side in order to get him familiar with the style of football in England.
If he shines, there is a good chance that he could be a candidate for regular first-team football at the Merseyside club by next summer.