Reports suggest that Everton is interested in Samuel Chukwueze, the Nigerian footballer currently playing for Villarreal. Despite having a release clause of €100 million in his contract, the Toffees are reportedly hopeful of securing his services during the upcoming summer transfer window, as long as they avoid relegation.
Chukwueze has been in superb form this season, having scored 13 goals and provided 11 assists in 40 matches across all competitions for Villarreal. The 23-year-old is widely considered to be one of Nigeria’s most talented right-wingers and has already made a significant impact in international football, scoring four goals in 24 appearances for his national team.
His recent performance, which included two goals in a 3-2 victory over Real Madrid, has drawn the attention of many Premier League clubs. According to reports, Everton is the latest club to show interest in him, with Radio Marca presenter Pedro Pablo Parrado revealing that “half the Premier League loved him”.
Despite Chukwueze’s age, he has already been recognized for his talent, winning the Nigeria Football Federation’s Young Player of the Year award in 2018. In addition, on 12 April 2022 he scored the equalizer in the 88th minute of the second leg of the 2021-22 UEFA Champions League quarter-final against Bayern Munich, helping Villarreal progress to the semi-finals of the competition.
Everton’s interest in Chukwueze is a clear indication of their intention to bolster their attacking options for the next season. However, they are likely to face stiff competition from other Premier League clubs who are also keeping a close eye on the Nigerian.
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It remains to be seen how serious Everton’s interest in Chukwueze is and whether they will make a concerted effort to sign him. While the €100 million release clause in his contract could be a significant stumbling block, Everton’s reputation as a financial powerhouse in the transfer market cannot be ignored.
In conclusion, Samuel Chukwueze is a highly talented footballer who is attracting attention from several Premier League clubs, including Everton. While his potential transfer to the Toffees may be challenging, it is undoubtedly a development worth keeping an eye on as the summer transfer window approaches.
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Naples-born Enzo Cattaneo has spent more than a decade living in Madrid and writing about Spanish football, German football and the Premier League for various Spanish football websites and now he writes about World football for World Football Rumours. He's been thinking about football transfers and rumours pretty much nonstop since the 2002 FIFA World Cup in South Korea. Aside from writing, he likes to spend his time playing Esports games.