Everton are among the clubs to be interested in Lille’s Rafael Leao and have made a 40 million euro (£35.9 million) bid for the forward, according to French outlet La Voix du Nord.
They name Everton and Valencia as two of the interested parties, with another unnamed Premier League club and an Italian outfit also in the chase.
The report says that an offer of nearly £36 million will get the French club to sell, it’s just a case of winning the race from Everton’s point of view.
They also say that a summer move would likely multiply Leao’s salary by three or four times and that the player himself is relaxed about a switch – he is enjoying life and Lille and is in no rush to move.
Everton had a great end to last season, but are looking to kick on and add something extra to their attack ahead of the new campaign.
At just 20, Leao is a hugely exciting talent, and the BBC quoted back in February French football journalist Julien Laurens being effusive in his praise of the Portuguese.
He said: “He’s really come good now in this wonderful Lille team. He plays on his own up front, he’s strong and quick, he’s a good finisher.
“They call him the Portuguese Mbappe. He’s certainly one to keep an eye on in the future.”