Everton and Wolverhampton Wanderers may have just been handed a big boost in their pursuits of a reported transfer target.
It was confirmed on Saturday that Europa League winners Sevilla have landed attacking midfielder Oscar Rodriguez from Real Madrid in a deal reported to be worth €16 million/£14.2 million.
Rodriguez spent last term on loan with Leganes, as he did in 2018/19, and finished the season as the club’s top scorer with nine goals.
— Sevilla Fútbol Club (@SevillaFC) August 29, 2020
The Spaniard is attack-minded, and last season displayed his versatility by featuring several times on either wing, as well as through the middle.
It is therefore reasonable to suggest that Sevilla’s new signing could well be a replacement for Lucas Ocampos if they decided to entertain interest – which is reportedly there from Everton and Wolves according to The Daily Star.
The club value their man at around £45 million, but having now signed Rodriguez, perhaps their stance will soften slightly.
TBR’s View – A chance for Everton and Wolves
Both teams should now be making further enquiries over Ocampos with Rodriguez confirmed as a new signing at Sevilla.
If there is a chance Sevilla would come down on that £45 million valuation then Ocampos would be well worth pursuing.
With 17 goals and five assists in all competitions last term, the Argentina international has demonstrated his ability to make things happen in the final third.
He would be a great addition by either club, with Raul Jimenez at Wolves and Richarlison at Everton arguably both in need of additional support in terms of goalscoring.