Everton target Samuel Chukwueze sets condition for leaving Villarreal

Samuel Chukwueze (Photo by Aitor Alcalde Colomer/Getty Images)
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Everton target Samuel Chukwueze has set certain conditions if any club wants to sign him.

Everton have lacked a traditional right winger since Theo Walcott departed on loan in the summer transfer window. Alex Iwobi can deputize at the right flank if required but his underwhelming outings don’t convince anyone.

James Rodriguez occupies the right wing but is not a winger. He usually drifts inwards and controls the tempo of the game, threading delicious balls and providing scrumptious service to Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison. There have been suggestions that Everton needs a pacey, threatening winger down the right flank and put James Rodriguez in a No.10 role.

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A number of right wingers have been linked. Most recently, 90min claimed that the Toffees have entered the race to sign Villarreal winger Samuel Chukwueze. The Nigerian has quickly caught the eye of some of the biggest clubs in Europe and a potential January exit isn’t ruled out.

While speaking to This Day Live, the Villarreal man has set his condition for leaving Villarreal in January.

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"Villarreal is my home and it’s just like a family for me there. It depends on the offer that comes from England but the most important thing is (being at a club where) I will be able to play week in, week out.It will be like: ‘Samuel, we are giving you a good offer and you’re gonna be playing week in, week out’ except if I have an injury or maybe I’m not fit,” he said. But if I’m fit, I will have to play. That’s a condition."

The links have been loose and no real follow up has been reported. It is very unlikely that Everton will go into the January transfer market with the aim to sign Chukwueze. It is true that the Toffees need depth in the right wide role and a stop gap solution like Iwobi won’t work.

Chukwueze’s £80 million release clause does put off Everton as paying such a fee for a player who is yet to be tested the fierce Premier League doesn’t seem to be a smart move.

The 21 year old, no doubt, is one of the most promising wingers but the amount that the Royal Blues will have to shell out is too much and there’s no assurance that he won’t turn out to be another transfer failure, a common trend in the recent club signings (barring the last summer window).

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