For a long time, Everton have been linked to Joaquin Correa. Back when Carlo Ancelotti was the manager, the link to Lazio forward had emerged. With the departure of Ancelotti, it appeared the rumors of Correa would die down but as the transfer window picked momentum, the name of Correa was regular in the Everton newsfeed.
The Lazio striker is on the lookout for a new opportunity outside of Rome and had communicated his desires to the new Biancocelesti boss Maurizio Sarri and the club hierarchy. Lazio were open to selling him for the right price as the money generated through the sales would help in liquidity and allow them to bring in a replacement.
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The Toffees faced competition from Inter Milan as the Nerazzurri plan to reinforce their attack after the sale of Romelu Lukaku who joined Chelsea in a €115 million deal. The Serie A champions have already signed Edin Dzeko and were always keen on Correa.
New Inter manager Simone Inzaghi has worked for three years with Correa at Lazio before the Italian manager arrived at the helm at Giuseppe Meazza earlier this summer. A familiar face in the dugout at Inter meant Correa’s preference was to stay in Italy and play for Nerazzurri.
Inter Milan closing in on Everton target Joaquin Correa
This did not deter Everton’s hopes as they pushed with their efforts to sign the Argentine attacker. In fact, as per some reports, the Merseysiders also tabled a bid of €32 million plus €4 million in add-ons. To lure the player to Merseyside, Everton also made a lucrative contract offer to the former Sevilla man, offering him €4.8 million per season.
However, it seems that Correa’s heart is set out on a move to Inter as he dreams of reuniting with Inzaghi. According to Transfer guru Fabrizio Romano, Inter Milan are closing in Correa as the deal is at the final stages. The deal will be in form of a season long loan with an obligation to buy next summer for €30 million. There is no chance of Everton signing the 26 year old.
This certainly ends Everton’s quest for Correa. The Toffees might now look for a new attacker as a frantic final week of transfer window could be on the cards. Everton are trying to sort the futures of James Rodriguez and Moise Kean who could leave Goodison before the end of the window.
Now that Joaquin Correa won’t be joining the Royal Blues, will the club sign any attacker before the end of the transfer window?