Manchester United have been linked with a move for Gremio winger Everton Soares, as Jose Mourinho looks to add some attacking reinforcements to his side in January.
The 22-year-old has piqued interest from sides across Europe due to his fine performances in his native Brazil this season, with a move to one of the world’s top clubs now in the offing.
While Everton (the player not the club) isn’t exactly a household name in football yet, he’s certainly set to become one, so here are six things you need to know about the Brazilian winger ahead of a potential move to Europe.
1. He Plays Predominantly From the Left
While Everton has experience across the forward line, his preferred position is on the left hand side, meaning he’s able to cut in onto his right foot and open up the game.
A typical Brazilian winger with pace, skill and flair, the 22-year-old is very direct in his running, and relies on his speed to beat defenders, while he usually delivers when he’s in position for either a cross or a shot.
2. He’s Already a Copa Libertadores Winner
Despite being just 22, Everton already boasts a Copa Libertadores winner’s medal after helping Gremio win the tournament in 2017.
The winger made ten appearances in the competition that is South America’s equivalent of the UEFA Champions League, playing 33 minutes in the first-leg of the final against Argentinian side Lanus.
While he didn’t come off the bench in the second leg, winning South America’s biggest club competition so soon into his career is great experience for Everton.
3. He’s Already Played Against Real Madrid in a Final
After scoring the winner for Gremio against CF Pachuca in the FIFA Club World Cup semi-finals in 2017, Everton was rewarded with a place on the bench for the final against Real Madrid.
The winger came on in the final 19 minutes with his side losing 1-0. Although he couldn’t help his side avoid defeat, the experience of playing against the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Luka Modric at 21 will stand him in good stead for his career.
4. He’s Gremio’s Top Scorer in Two Competitions This Season
Everton is currently experiencing his best goalscoring season to date, with the talented winger Gremio’s top scorer so far.
The 22-year-old scored five goals in eight Copa Libertadores appearances this season to help his team reach the semi-finals, before being knocked out by River Plate, while his nine goals in Brazil’s Serie A makes him Gremio’s top scorer in the league, and can add to his tally before the season’s complete.
5. He Has a €60m Release Clause
While Manchester United are one of the named clubs linked with Everton, he certainly won’t be a cheap acquisition for any potential suitors.
Despite being valued by the Premier League side at around £30m, the winger signed a new deal in August this year, with Gremio inserting a €60m release clause into his contract, making the prospect of signing him in January an expensive one.
6. He’s a Full Brazil International
Everton’s performances for Gremio this season have seen him earn his first international caps for Brazil during the international break in September.
The 22-year-old featured in wins against both the USA and El Salvador, coming off the bench for Tite’s side on both occasions for a combined total of 46 minutes.
While he hasn’t featured for the Selecao since, his two caps for the five-time World Cup winners certainly won’t be the last.