Everton consider asking price too high for 21 year old Brazilian starlet

Everton (Photo by Juan MABROMATA / AFP) (Photo by JUAN MABROMATA/AFP via Getty Images)
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Reports from Brazil recently stated that Everton were monitoring Red Bull Bragantino midfielder Eric Ramires. In recent days, a number of midfielders have been linked with the Toffees as Frank Lampard aims to strengthen a number of positions this summer. Midfield is one area where Everton may be short of man power soon.

Fabian Delph’s contract is set to expire and so far no indications are there if Everton will offer him a new deal. Donny van de Beek has returned to Manchester United. Allan has admirers in Italy and the Toffees may want to offload Andre Gomes, given his high wages and poor returns on the pitch.

Ramires has sparkled for Red Bull Bragantino, playing 23 games this season. Even though it half of what he played last season, the 21 year old has improved and seems on an upward trajectory. Bragantino signed him on a permanent deal just a few months ago.

In Brazil, it is common for clubs to partly own the player by buying certain percentage of their economic rights or image rights. Red Bull Bragantino own 70% of Ramires’ economic rights, paying around £1.98 million to Bahia. The young prospect could be sold for a much greater fee should any European club come calling.

Everton put off by the asking price for Eric Ramires

According to Globo Esporte, Everton did show interest in the 21 year old Brazilian midfielder, carrying out research on him. However, the asking price quoted by Red Bull Bragantino is considered too high by the Everton hierarchy. The Brazilian Serie A side is in no rush to cash in on the youngster who has signed a deal until 2026 and is still a very young prospect.

Everton does need a central midfielder who is tactically adept and has the modern day touches to his game. Lampard insisted on building a robust team and having a steely midfield is one step towards achieving that.

Another thing that the Toffees seem to be focusing on is signing players that will have good resale value in the future. Farhad Moshiri’s deep pockets can’t keep pumping millions every year and the club needs to move to a self sustaining model to a certain extent.

Targeting youngsters like Ramires just confirms this ideology. Whether Everton does sign Ramires or not is something that remains to be seen but the smart approach Everton are taking in the summer window is commendable.

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