Argentina’s Under-23 manager Fernando Batista told Argentine outlet Olé that Everton are set to complete a deal to sign midfielder Santiago Sosa from River Plate this summer.
Sosa, 20, has been heavily linked with a move to Goodison Park this summer, after breaking into River Plate’s first team and making five appearances for the Argentine giants this season.
Earlier this month, Ole also claimed that Everton had struck a deal with River Plate to sign Sosa for £13.3million. A move is yet to be completed, as Sosa represented Argentina’s Under-23 side against Algeria and Honduras.
However, that international break is now over and Sosa is believed to be closing in on a move to Merseyside. That has now been confirmed by Argentina’s Under-23 boss.
“Wearing the national team shirt gives you prestige. Look at the case of Santiago Sosa, they are about to sell to Everton for major money and he played more games with us than with River,” Batista said.
Everton have options in holding midfield. Idrissa Gueye, Morgan Schneiderlin, Tom Davies, James McCarthy and even Muhamed Besic remain at the club. Andre Gomes has returned to Barcelona, but could be signed permanently.
But Gueye was linked heavily with a move to Paris Saint-Germain and some reports have suggested the French champions could return to sign the ex-Aston Villa star. McCarthy may be sold to end his Everton injury nightmare.
Sosa’s chances of first-team football depends largely on who remains at Goodison Park this summer.