Everton eye Jan swoop for ‘unbelievable’ £14m star with 23 goals in 2021
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Everton eye Jan swoop for ‘unbelievable’ £14m star with 23 goals in 2021

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Everton are weighing up a raid on Major League Soccer champions New York City FC to sign Valentin ‘Taty’ Castellanos in the January transfer window.

That’s according to The Sun, who report the Toffees are mulling over striker signings as Rafa Benitez fears losing Dominic Calvert-Lewin or Richarlison. The Spaniard wants both to stay, but is aware their futures are not guaranteed.

So, the Blues have drawn up a shortlist of potential centre-forward targets and have two in mind. Castellanos caught Everton’s eye after producing a prolific season on route to NYCFC lifting the MLS Cup in December.

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Alternatively, Everton are giving thought to Alexis Sanchez returning to England next month. Inter Milan have offered the Chilean to the Toffees in a free transfer, after a season heavily out of favour.

New York City set £14m fee for Castellanos transfer amid Everton interest

Castellanos lit up Major League Soccer throughout 2021 to end the year as the league’s top-scorer with 22 goals. The 23-year-old struck 19 of his efforts during the regular season, and also provided eight assists in 32 games.

The Argentina U23 international additionally fired home once in the Leagues Cup. But his strike to open the scoring against UNAM Pumas in August failed to lead to victory, with the Mexican side eventually winning on penalties.

Castellanos put the upset behind him to shine in MLS, though, and scored in all three of his play-off appearances. He also scored the opening effort in the final against Portland Timbers and NYCFC’s first penalty in the shoot-out.

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New York City would now look to make £14m if Everton target a transfer during the January sales. The striker is under contract at Yankee Stadium until December 2025. NYCFC boss Ronny Deila has also been full of praise.

“The way he has grown through the season has been unbelievable,” Deila said, via 90min. “His discipline from last year to now, he doesn’t make stupid free-kicks in the same way, not as many yellow cards.

“He’s more positional when he plays and he works really hard. He’s a handful in every challenge, so he’s always getting in front and showing the team how to press and how to step forward.

“Of course, he’s a great finisher, as well, developed himself through the season also in that way. He can score with his right [foot], he’s also started to score with his left.”

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