Everton are said to be leading the race to sign much-loved midfielder Pape Sarr, with Manchester United and Chelsea also interested.
According to a Daily Mail report, Everton have discussed the possibility of a deal with their current club Metz with the aim of beating rivals until signing.
Sarr is also said to be valued at £ 27million which is a huge amount for an 18-year-old.
Aston Villa, Chelsea and Newcastle United have also been mentioned as potential contenders.
We take a look at why Sarr would be the perfect signing for Everton in the upcoming transfer window.
The perfect young midfielder for the Everton team
In the current Everton squad, Tom Davies is the only U23 midfielder.
Summer signings Allan and Abdoulaye Doucoure were both bought in the short term, while Fabian Delph, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Andre Gomes are all over 27.
Jean-Philippe Gbamin, 25, has been plagued with injuries since joining Everton.
As a result, Davies is Everton’s only long-term prospect in midfield, and that needs to be rectified in the summer transfer window.
That brings us neatly to Sarr – one of the biggest young emerging talents in Europe right now.
Despite only making his senior debut last November, Sarr has played 18 times in Ligue 1 this season, scoring two goals.
Meanwhile, Sarr has played as a holding midfielder, box-to-box midfielder and number 10, highlighting his versatility in the middle of the park.
With an impressive mix of energy and technical ability, Sarr appears to be the perfect midfielder for the counterattacking tactics Carlo Ancelotti prefers.
Sarr also fits in with Marcel Brands’ vision for Everton’s future, with a focus on reducing the average age in the team.
In short, Sarr ticks all the boxes for what Everton want and need in a central midfielder.
If they can beat some serious competition at his signing this summer, the Toffees could have a gem in their hands.
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