Everton join Liverpool, Man Utd in chase for ‘sublime’ attacking talent
Everton have reportedly joined several Premier League clubs in the chase to sign Club Brugge forward Charles De Ketelaere.
Toffees boss Rafa Benitez is said to be an admirer of the Belgium international. However, Everton will have to battle with Liverpool, Manchester United, Manchester City and West Ham for the attacker, along with Italian duo AC Milan and Napoli.
That is according to Calciomercato, although there is no indication as to whether bids will be made in January or next summer.
De Ketelaere has made 13 appearances this season, scoring four goals and providing three assists in all competitions.
The attacker, who has won two caps for Belgium, has also been making an impact in the Champions League this season. Indeed, reports from Eleven Sports in the past have labeled the player as ‘sublime’.
Benitez is on the lookout for new attacking talent after allowing James Rodriguez to leave the club.
De Ketelaere would certainly be a useful addition to the Toffees squad, although there will be a major battle for his signature if Brugge do decide to cash in on the 20-year-old.
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Fenerbahce chasing Everton star
Meanwhile, Everton could lose upwards of £12million after a European side registered their interest in one of Rafa Benitez’s midfielders.
The Toffees have had to deal with a number of expensive transfer mistakes in recent seasons. Alex Iwobi joined the club from Arsenal in 2019 for a reported £34m. However, the Nigeria international has rarely proven his cost to be good value.
The winger has appeared six times in the Premier League this campaign but is yet to register a goal or assist. Italy forward Moise Kean joins him in the flop department.
Kean was thought of as one of the top young strikers in the world when he left Juventus for Everton two years ago. But just four goals in 39 matches came his way in England and the 21-year-old has since returned to Serie A.
Colombia playmaker James Rodriguez is the most recent example. Everton allowed him to join Qatari side Al-Rayyan for free in a bid to get his astronomical wages off their books.
Reports now reveal the latest Everton flop who could be about to move on. Turkish outlet Takvim (via Sport Witness) claim that Fenerbahce are hoping to sign Jean-Philippe Gbamin.
Tough time for Gbamin
The Ivorian signed for Everton in that busy summer of 2019 for £25m. He impressed during his previous spell with Mainz but has rarely featured in the Toffees’ blue strip.
Injuries have limited Gbamin to just four appearances in all competitions. His most recent outing was during the Carabao Cup second-round win over Huddersfield Town. The central midfielder is unlikely to ever make Benitez’s starting eleven in the league.
Takvim write that Fenerbahce manager Vitor Pereira has scouted Gbamin on the odd occasion that he has been playing. Pereira believes he can get the best out of the star and wants to sign him in January.
Just €15m (£12.7m) would be enough to complete a deal. That would see Everton take another financial hit on Gbamin, worth around £12.3m.
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Source: Transfer News – TEAMtalk
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