Manchester United are reportedly eyeing a move for Porto’s Brazilian striker, Evanilson.
What’s the word?
That is according to a report from Marca, who claim that new boss Erik ten Hag wants a No.9, with Porto’s Evanilson eyed as a potential fit for his side.
As per the report, it is said that the Red Devils had an opening bid of €60m (£51.6m) (plus €5m in add-ons) rejected by the Liga NOS outfit, with the club said to be holding out for the €80m (£68.9m) sum which would trigger his release clause.
Marca also state that if the 22-year-old is to leave this summer, he will most certainly become their most expensive sale of all time, with his expected fee set to surpass the €50m received for Eder Militao when he switched to Real Madrid.
Ten Hag’s Nunez replica
Evanilson has scored 43 goals throughout his five-year career as a professional and 21 of those goals have come this season in all competitions for Porto.
Should United sign Evanilson?
Whilst Nunez was making all of the noise with Portuguese rivals Benfica, Evanilson was silently racking up his own tally and managed to hit 14 goals in the league – a feat made more impressive by his prominence in the centre-forward position, having started his career out-wide.
Despite scoring fewer goals than Nunez, who enjoyed a more prosperous break-out season, Evanilson’s underlying stats demonstrate that he is not far off the Uruguayan, which bodes well for his numbers in the future.
As per Goalpoint, Evanilson averages 2.1 shots, 0.9 key passes, 0.9 dribbles and 25% open play shots involvement per 90.
Nunez betters all of the aforementioned with 3.2 shots, 1.4 key passes, 1.8 dribbles and 41% open play shot involvement, though it is worth noting that the new Liverpool striker was often deployed as a single target man, whilst Evanilson shared striking duties in an attack partnership with Mehdi Taremi – the club’s top scorer this season.
There is a lot of potential for Evanilson and Porto clearly rate him highly with the “electric” forward in the words of Jacek Kulig, improving all the time.
It is no wonder that United and Arnold are sniffing around him.
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