Reported long-term Everton target Reinier has had a weekend to remember, after scoring his first goal as a professional. The 17-year-old scored the third goal in a 3-0 win over Avai at the weekend in what was a fantastic individual performance from the player.
After assisting Gabriel Barbosa for the opening goal, the two combined with volleyed passes for the third. Reinier finished it off with a calm half-volley finish to cap off his display.
The teenager justified comparisons to Brazilian legend Kaka with an influential display behind Brazilian international ‘Gabigol as Flamengo remain top of the Brazilian league table. Indeed, his club coach Jorge Jesus believes he has the ability of the former AC Milan star. As reported by Lance, the ex-Benfica coach is full of belief in the player.
“He will have a bright future. There are things similar to a Brazilian player who went abroad very early. He has style and the physical profile of Kaka.”
Of course, Everton have been strongly linked with his services in recent months.
It was suggested by Esporte Interativo and numerous other sources in Brazil in July that Everton had secured a deal to sign the talented teenager in January. The report claimed Everton would pay £36.7 million to bring the player in after he turned 18 in January.
As reported by Globo Esporte in August, that is not the case. Instead, the Toffees are now playing a waiting game, in the hope that Flamengo’s valuation of the player goes down. Reinier is out of contract in December 2020.
Everton will however surely want to get some sort of commitment on Reinier’s future soon after his excellent start to life in the Flamengo senior squad.
The teenager, as reported by Esportes, is reportedly wanted by Arsenal, Manchester City, Real Madrid, and PSG and Everton will be disappointed if they miss out on such a talent.
Next month, he will be expected to guide Brazil’s under-17s to World Cup glory on home soil when he will again be catching the eye of plenty of the world’s biggest clubs. Everton will hope the legwork they have already done proves enough to secure Brazil’s potential next Kaka.