Arsenal have been linked with a move for Gremio winger and Brazil’s Copa America hero Everton Soares, it has been claimed.
The Gunners have already enquired about Everton, as per Brazilian journalist Eduardo Gabardo, and could compete with PSG, who have also made initial contact.
Interestingly, it is believed that the north London based outfit could have an advantage over PSG as Edu is the technical director of the former.
Edu played a key role in luring Gabriel Martinelli to the Emirates Stadium earlier this summer, and the Brazilian connection could help Arsenal in signing Everton as well.
Everton Soares: Profile
Predominantly a left-winger, Everton made his debut for Gremio back in 2014 and has become a key player for the Brazilian outfit.
As the Brazilian Serie A has already commenced, Everton has been in a red-hot form as he has made 6 league appearances so far and has managed to score 3 goals.
He was one of the best performers in the 2019 Copa America as he finished the tournament as the top scorer, and helped Brazil win the title for the first time since 2007.
Everton scored three goals and bagged one assist in six, outings and won the Golden Boot award. He also picked up the Man of the Match in the final, where Brazil defeated Peru 3-1.
Everton to Arsenal – Pros and cons of the move
The 23-year-old is a typical modern-day inverted winger who can cut inside and test ‘keepers with his right foot.
Strong with his dribbling, Everton would add the much-needed spark to the Gunners attack as they looked out of sorts quite a lot of times last season.
Everton managed 10 goals and three assists last season in the domestic league, and he is a goal-scoring winger, something that he proved in the Copa America as well. He would take the pressure of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette’s shoulders.
With a 5’7” frame, however, he isn’t a player who can hold off defenders or outmuscle them in a physical duel. That’s one area most Brazilian’s struggle with when the make the switch directly to the Premier League.
It also remains to be seen if the Gunners can afford him as they have a tight budget this summer, and Everton’s value has skyrocketed after his impressive showing in the Copa America.