Everton are thought to be interested in signing LOSC Lille striker Rafael Leão this summer, according to a report by Foot Mercato.

The 20-year-old has been attracting plenty of interest with his performances for the Ligue One outfit over the past season as Valencia are also thought to be keen on his signature.

His agent, Luís Campos, has recently spoken about the possibility of a move to Everton for his client and has compared Leão to a Ferrari, by claiming not everyone can have one.

“Rafael Leão has many suitors, but it’s not our goal to sell him. Although there are sometimes conditions that are impossible to refuse,” Luís Campos told Foot Mercato.

“His future? We’ll see. What we want is for him to continue to make progress. If it’s here, that’s better, but if it’s at another club, that’s fine. Anyway, no matter what happens, I’m happy as long as I feel he continues to evolve.

“French football is not like Portuguese in terms of termination clauses – here, they don’t exist. And not everyone can have Ferraris at home; sometimes they have to sell. Rafael Leão is a player with a lot of future, our idea is to keep him here, but if there are irrefutable proposals, we can’t say no.”

Everton’s alleged interest in the player may not come as a surprise, as the Toffees would certainly benefit themselves by improving in the final third of the pitch.

In his debut season for Lille, Leão managed to find the back of the net eight times and provide his team-mates with two assists in his 26 appearances across all competitions (Transfermarkt).

The 20-year-old reported Everton target is exceptionally quick and is blessed with incredible amounts of skill and versatility as he can play on either flank or in the middle, meaning he could provide Marco Silva with plenty of different options up front.

A Portugal Under-21 international, Leão clearly has plenty of potential and whilst he is far from the complete product, he could certainly develop further and turn into an excellent player in the future for the Toffees.


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