Everton are supposedly ready to make a move for Colombian midfielder Wilmar Barrios this month, according to AS Argentina.
The Toffees have been tracking the player for some time.
Apparently the player could now be open to a move away from Boca Juniors, after initially wanting to stay put with the Argentinian outfit.
Boca have actually lined up a replacement for Barrios already should he depart in the form of Jorman Campuzano.
Everton have a growing South American contingent at the club after the recent acquisitions of Richarlison, Bernard and Yerry Mina.
Barrios the next Gravesen for Everton?
Barrios is a player who would definitely add steel to Everton’s midfield.
The 25-year-old has a reputation for being aggressive and tenacious in the engine room.
He was recently red carded in the second leg of the Libertadores Cup final, and also drew attention to himself at the 2018 World Cup for clashing with England’s Jordan Henderson.
Everton signing Barrios could provide them with a 2019 version of Thomas Gravesen.
The Dane represented Everton for six seasons (including one loan spell) and endeared himself to the fans with his commitment in midfield. Gravesen became known for his fierce tackling and combativeness.
Gravesen, like Barrios, loved a tackle and picked up a multitude of yellow and red cards throughout his career.
Everton would certainly hope that Barrios would be able to keep his discipline in check if they signed him.