Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich’s young striker Joshua Zirkzee has revealed that he was very close to joining the English Premier League outfit Everton before moving to Germany.
The 18-year-old has announced himself at the highest level as he scored in his competitive debut in the match against VfL Wolfsburg.
The Netherlands U19 international has revealed that things could’ve been completely different as he came very close to joining Everton in 2017 but eventually decided to move to Munich.
“Everton was a serious option for me,” he told Voetbal International.
“Ronald Koeman was the first-team coach at the time, and I didn’t have a lot of strikers in front of me at the time.
“Romelu Lukaku left for Manchester United that summer and I got the feeling from Everton that there was a good chance I could move on there.
“When I was there, they immediately offered me a contract.”
Zirkzee came to trial at Everton in 2017 after being scouted by a number of clubs in the Premier League following his impressive performances in the Feyenoord’s youth system.
The centre-forward also played for the Goodison Park outfit in a youth tournament but eventually decided to leave for Germany, where he is now becoming one of the hottest young strikers around.
Everton have had issues in attack since the sale of Lukaku, with the likes of Sandro Ramirez, Cenk Tosun and Oumar Niasse failing to make an impression.
The summer signing of Moise Kean has not worked out as planned, with Carlo Ancelotti dependent on Richarlison and Dominic Calvert-Lewin to get goals for the Toffees.
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