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Agent confirms Premier League interest in Everton-linked £44m man who once turned down Barca

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Agent confirms Premier League interest in Everton-linked £44m man who once turned down Barca

A player reportedly on the radar of Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti has been the subject of Premier League interest, according to his agent.

The Toffees are one of several clubs that have been linked with Porto winger Jesus Corona, Portuguese outlet A Bola reported in April.

As well as the Goodison Park side, the likes of West Ham, Inter Milan, Roma, Sevilla, Valencia and Schalke are all said to be eyeing the 27-year-old.

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However, Everton could have yet more competition in the shape of Chelsea, who have seemingly enquired about the Mexico international.

“At some point we talked to them [Chelsea],” Matias Bunge told Medio Tiempo. “I cannot say if he’s option A, B or C, now they are rather rumours.

“We’ll have to wait a bit for this to continue moving forward and for the leagues to begin again, and from there see what the next movements will be because the market is a little bit stopped.

“He has two years left on his contract. He did awaken a lot of interest for his participation in this particular tournament [Primeira Liga], which has been outstanding and at a high level, but now with the current situation, everything has slowed down a bit.”

Corona joined Porto in 2015 from Dutch outfit FC Twente on a four-year deal for €10.5million (around £9million) and has made 211 appearances, registering 26 goals and 51 assists.

 

This season, the attacker – believed to have a buyout clause of €50million (around £44million) – has played 41 times in all competitions and, along with two goals, has claimed an impressive 17 assists.

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Corona is a versatile player, having turned out on both flanks as a winger, as a second striker and even as a right full-back for Porto in recent months.

He boasts several key traits including pace, technique, accuracy and a keen eye for a shot, as well as being comfortable with either foot – all traits which would make him a great fit for Everton.

Corona is also a highly-driven, ambitious player – his mother told Vice in 2016 about how “Barcelona wanted him to play for Barca B in the Spanish second division but he wanted to play top-flight soccer.”

Likewise, his father told the outlet: “He wants to reach the highest level possible. He always wants more.”

Under Carlo Ancelotti, Everton have shown they plan to reach the highest levels, and Corona could be a great part of that project – but bringing him to Goodison will be difficult amid so much reported competition.

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