Everton have joined the race to sign Allan Saint-Maximin from Newcastle United this summer, according to a report from The Sun.
Carlo Ancelotti is preparing to make his first signing as Toffees boss after a quiet January window. And it appears that he is interested in making Saint-Maximin his first addition.
Saint-Maximin has been an incredibly exciting signing for the Magpies after arriving in the summer. He has actually only scored three times in all competitions.
But he has arguably been a lot more important to Steve Bruce’s side than the statistics would suggest.
And his form is attracting attention ahead of the summer. The Sun reports that Ancelotti had the 22-year-old watched when Newcastle faced West Brom in the FA Cup this week.
It is suggested that the Toffees are ready to rival Crystal Palace for his signature this summer. The Sun notes that he would command a fee of up to £30 million.
TBR View – £30m could be bargain for Saint-Maximin
Admittedly, spending £30 million on a player who has scored three and provided one assist looks, on paper, to be a bad idea.
However, Saint-Maximin looks to have a frightening amount of potential. He is a game-changer who has already proved himself in Ligue 1.
It is easy to forget how young he is. And under a manager like Ancelotti, he could potentially take his game to another level.
Newcastle fans would surely be annoyed with a £30 million sale this summer. He looks to have the potential to be worth a lot more in the future.
And Everton are surely making a smart decision looking to make a move when the campaign concludes.