Date: 16th April 2019 at 6:55pm
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According to Portuguese outlet Record, Benfica could sell Andrija Zivkovic when the season comes to a close which is music to the ears of Everton. The Toffees have been linked with Zivkovic for some time and could sign the 22-year-old as a replacement for Theo Walcott, whose future at Goodison Park is uncertain this summer after his poor form and lack of playing time in 2019.

Everton are trying to lower the average age by targeting younger players and Zivkovic would fit the bill perfectly. The Serbian international joined Benfica on a free transfer from Partizan in 2016 and has gone on to make 84 appearances in all competitions, scoring and creating 28 goals. Zivkovic has fallen down the pecking order this season, however.

The left-footed right-winger has made 16 appearances in the Portuguese Primeira Liga, but he’s racked up only 660 minutes of football. Zivkovic is yet to score a goal in any of his 30 appearances in all competitions which may give Everton pause for thought. Theo Walcott has also underperformed and is no longer a regular, but Zivkovic doesn’t appear to be the best replacement.

According to Dominic King of the Daily Mail, the Serbian international has an asking price of £20m. FIFA and Playerswiki say he earns between £8.3k-per-week/£432k-a-year and £9k-per-week/£468k-a-year at Benfica which is certainly affordable for Everton.

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