The World Cup always brings some relatively unknown talents to the fore. One such player was Hirving Lozano of Mexico. The wide-man had a brilliant tournament for El Tri, helping them pick up a shock win over reigning champions Germany in their opening game of the competition.
Immediately after, he was linked with a host of top clubs. As it stands, he remains at PSV Eindhoven, scoring on his return to Eredivisie football this weekend.
Everton were one team linked with his signature. The club’s new director of football Marcel Brands snapped up the attacker when in the same role at Lozano’s current club. That sort of link could not be ignored.
Apparently available at £35.4 million, according to Eindhoven Dagblad, Everton could certainly afford him.
But no deal ever got off the ground and it seems Everton went with Marco Silva’s favourite over Brands’. The Toffees snapped up Richarlison from Watford, for a deal that could be worth as much as £50 million.
At the moment, it looks a good deal.
The Brazilian was superb against Wolves in Everton’s opening game yesterday. He bagged both goals as ten-men Everton drew 2-2 with the newly-promoted side.
Everton fans were perplexed when the club did not make a move for the Mexican in the summer. Richarlison however, might just ease the pain of that decision.