Atletico Madrid forward Thomas Lemar has rejected a move to FC Porto as he eyes a move to the Premier League with Everton showing interest.
The Everton transfer window has light up in the last few days. Allan and James Rodriguez have landed in England and have undergone medicals ahead of their official announcements. Yesterday, news broke out that Everton has agreed to a deal with Abdoulaye Doucoure in the region of £25 million which potentially makes it 3 signings in a week.
The Toffees may now have another boost as Atletico Madrid forward Thomas Lemar is favouring a move to the Premier League. According to Inside Futbol, Thomas Lemar has turned down a move to FC Porto and instead wants to move to the Premier League.
The Frenchman is not a key cog for Diego Simeone and Los Rojiblancos are happy to part ways with the 24 year old. Everton has been linked with the France World Cup winner but nothing monumental has taken place. However, with three signings done there’s a chance that the Toffees will move for Lemar if they are really interested in his services.
The Royal Blues aren’t the only admirers. In fact, FC Porto launched a charming offer to lure Thomas Lemar but the winger turned down the chance to play in Portugal as he is keen to move to England. Apart from the Toffees, Nuno Espirito Santo’s Wolves are also in the chase.
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So, with Lemar willing to trade La Liga for Premier League, should Toffees attempt signing him? In my opinion, if a deal for Wilfried Zaha doesn’t materialize, a loan move for Thomas Lemar can be initiated.
The Frenchman has failed to replicate the AS Monaco form that helped him secure a move to Wanda Metropolitano. Atletico Madrid paid €70 million for him and there is no way they are recouping a similar amount. The best option will be to loan him and let his value rise again should he be able to regain the lost touch and confidence.
Everton have struggled on the wings and despite his underwhelming performances, the 24 year old is still capable of bringing his career back on track. He has the ability to play as a winger on both flanks and also take the free role. Everton has a direct approach and Lemar can clearly benefit from that.
He is a far better option than Bernard, Theo Walcott or even Alex Iwobi. If the Toffees manage to strike a loan deal, it will be a master stroke. But if Atleti play hardball and ask for a transfer, it’s better to walk off the table.