Date: 27th March 2019 at 8:35am
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According to Raffaele Auriemma (h/t CalcioNapoli24), Everton are monitoring the progress of Valentino Lazaro. The 23-year-old has scored and created six goals in 24 Bundesliga games for Hertha Berlin this season, making 47 chances and 24 successful dribbles (57%).

Lazaro has made 27 appearances in all competitions since joining Hertha from RB Salzburg last summer and could be on the move again when the season comes to a close. The Austria international turned his loan deal permanent at the Olympiastadion Berlin for around £5m, according to Transfermarkt, but his value has risen by 400% in the last eight months.

CalcioNapoli24 say the winger has an asking price of £21m, but his salary demands are unknown. FIFA believe Lazaro earns £880k-a-year/£17k-per-week but Football Manager say he has a £1.1m-a-year/£21k-per-week salary. Lazaro on a long-term deal would likely cost Everton around £25m in total, but Marco Silva may have to sell an existing player before bringing one in.

The Toffees have Theo Walcott, Bernard, Richarlison and Ademola Lookman who can all play on the right flank, so Lazaro might have stiff competition for a starting place. Whether their interest in the Austrian will result in an official approach remains to be seen.

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