Everton are interested in signing Yeferson Soteldo from Brazilian club Santos, according to reliable Italian journalist Nicolo Schira.
There is no doubt that the Toffees will be looking to make major adjustments to their squad during the summer transfer window.
The Goodison Park outfit have underachieved during recent years but there is now renewed hope that former AC Milan and Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti can turn the fortunes of the Merseyside club around.
Everton’s midfield department is one that needs reinforcement over the summer and the 22-year-old Soteldo has shown plenty of potential.
Since his arrival at Santos in 2019, the Venezuela international has gone on to make 47 league appearances for the club, scoring 10 goals.
Everton though may have a big battle on their hands if they want to sign the player.
There is also interest in him from Spain according to Santos club President Jose Carlos Peres, as revealed by Calciomercato.
“Inter asked me for Soteldo, specifically (director of sport Piero) Ausilio himself, but he stopped when I requested €35m (€32/$38m),” said Peres.
“Soteldo is a young player who has sensational skills, he is a player who decides games. All the big teams in Brazil asked me, Premier League teams like Everton want him and he has many offers from Spain” he added.
It will not be surprising if Soteldo prefers a move to Spain over England.
He will find it easier to adapt to life in Spain due to less language differences as compared to what a move to England would entail.
However, playing for a club like Everton would give him a very good chance of getting regular first-team action, something which he may find tough to get if he were to join one of the top Spanish clubs.
The prospect of playing under Ancelotti, who has previously won the Champions League, could also be something that will appeal to young players such as Soteldo.