Fabrizio Romano has claimed that Everton are “so interested” in bringing Joshua Zirkzee to Goodison Park.
The 19-year-old forward, who plays for Bayern Munich, is one of the most highly rated young players in world football, making Goal.com’s NxGn list last year at number 22.
Despite his talents and potential, he has struggled for game time this season, with just five senior appearances under his belt.
The Bundesliga giants are reportedly willing to send him out on loan, and Everton are believed to have rekindled their interest in the Dutchman after being keen on him back in 2017.
Zirkzee, who played for Feyenoord’s academy at the time, told Voetbal International last year: “Everton was a serious option for me.
“I got the feeling from Everton that there was a good chance I could really become something there… they even offered me a contract whilst I was on trial.”
However, the Toffees are reported to be up against Italian side Parma for Zirkzee’s signature.
And according to Romano, both sides will have to contend with “the problem” of finding an agreement with the player, who is thinking about his long-term future.
“Talking about strikers, now I want to update because Everton fans are texting me every day about Zirkzee from Bayern Munich,” Romano said on his Here We Go podcast.
“Parma are still trying, but Everton are interested, so interested.
“I know that Everton are denying this move, just because they can try to do something like find an opportunity for this guy, so there is nothing completed yet and they want to be 100 percent sure on Zirkzee.
“So at the moment, there is nothing completed, but Everton and Parma are in the race for Zirkzee, and we have to see the decision of the player, because the key will be the player.
“More than Bayern Munich, more than an agreement with the club, the problem will be finding an agreement with the player because he wants to think to his future, so pay attention to Everton and Parma.”
With Zirkzee getting little game time this term, there’s a possibility that Marcel Brands could succeed where Steve Walsh failed four years ago in bringing the talented Dutchman to Goodison.
That said, the player did initially snub Everton for Bayern, and leaving such a giant club is a big risk, so it remains to be seen what happens in the coming week in terms of which club he joins – if any – and on what terms.