Everton have been linked with a move for SL Benfica striker Haris Seferovic, as his place in Bruno Lage’s side could be under threat if Aguias sign Raul de Tomas from Real Madrid, according to A Bola.
Seferovic enjoyed a prolific season in the recent Portuguese domestic campaign, as he struck 23 of his 27 goals in the top-flight on route to clinching the league title by two points and the Silver Ball – their equivalent of the golden boot.
The Switzerland international was not afraid to pass responsibilities on to his teammates at the Estadio Sport Lisboa e Benfica, either, as the 59-cap ace laid on nine assists across all competitions, for a total goal involvement of 36 in 51 games.
His future with Benfica could be over this summer though, as he revealed ahead of the UEFA Nations League Semi-Finals that he is ready for a new challenge after two years in Portugal. Although he conceded “everyone knows how business works”, suggesting he feared he would be kept to his five-year contract that runs until 2022.
Seferovic may get his chance to test himself in a new league, however, as A Bola understand De Tomas’ arrival from Madrid – having spent the past year on loan with Rayo Vallecano – is almost assured, and that the Spaniard’s presence in Lage’s plans would be at the expense of Seferovic.
Thus they link the 27-year-old former Fiorentina servant with a potential move to Merseyside, and name-drop Marco Silva as being on alert to the striker’s situation.
It’s an obvious connection to make given the boss is Portuguese much like A Bola, and that could be where the story comes from, given we are likely in need of at least one striker this summer.
Southampton are also mentioned, but the validity of that claim also remains to be seen, given they have just been linked with finalising a deal for Birmingham City’s Che Adams, who had been touted as a potential target for our Director of Football Marcel Brands.