With the summer window now open, the whirlwind world of transfer rumours have well and truly begun. And according to Argentinian publication Ole, the Toffees have struck an agreement with River Plate star Santiago Sosa for a fee in the region of £13.3m.
The figure reported is believed to be Sosa’s release clause, and that Everton are now waiting on a work permit for the midfielder to see the deal go through. With struggles over obtaining a work permit for our Nigerian winger Henry Onyekuru, it is understood that the club will also find it difficult to do the same for Sosa.
The 20-year-old is highly-rated in his native Argentina despite only playing a handful of games for the club, and has been touted as one for the future. A natural holding midfielder, Sosa is more comfortable in possession rather than having to carry out his defensive responsibilities.
Indeed, the BBC’s South American football correspondent Phil Vickery said of him: “He’s got a little bit of old-fashioned swagger. In the old days in Argentina, that No 5 was the boss of the team, the man who played the vital first pass out of defence.
“But the thing with him is it’s so early. He’s only played a handful of games for River Plate, when they’ve fielded an under-strength side, so if Everton buy him now, to go straight into the first team would be a massive step up.
“He’s one for the long term and looks promising.”
If Marco Silva’s side can get a deal done for the midfielder, then he could be one to form the base of our midfield for the years to come.