Everton are interested in Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Lemar, but Le 10 Sport has suggested that the Toffees face an issue trying to convince the La Liga side to sell the Frenchman.
Lemar has struggled since joining Atleti in 2018. He has scored just three goals and contributed six assists in 72 appearances for the club.
Nevertheless, that has not stopped the 24-year-old attracting attention.
According to Le 10 Sport, Everton are monitoring Lemar. However, the report claims that Atletico are ‘very greedy’, seemingly suggesting that Diego Simeone’s side do not want to make a big loss on the £63 million fee that they paid two years ago.
TBR View: Lemar move makes little sense for Everton
Lemar has previously been considered one of the most exciting young players in Europe. He was part of the France side that won the 2018 World Cup.
And, of course, he was a key member of the Monaco team that clinched the Ligue 1 title and reached the semi-finals of the Champions League three years ago.
In his time at Monaco, he scored 22 goals and provided 33 assists.
Unfortunately, his time in Spain has not worked out. So with Atletico wanting big money for Lemar, it would surely be too much of a gamble for Everton.
It remains to be seen what sort of money the Toffees will be working with this summer. But it would surely be a big surprise if Everton were willing to meet Atletico’s demands for Lemar.