The summer transfer window is in full swing, and silly season appears to have kicked off over the weekend with reports linking Everton with Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa, someone parts of the Blues fanbase had discussed signing in April.
Now, though, it is not the Spaniard who has been catching the eye of some Toffees supporters, as their attention has been on a different potential striker plying their trade at Goodison Park next season, with many discussing whether it would be possible to complete a shock swoop on Manchester City for Gabriel Jesus.
The £63million-rated Brazilian has been on the Sky Blues’ books since 2017, but has struggled to be a regular at the Etihad Stadium thanks to Sergio Aguero continually proving why he is one of the best centre-forwards in the Premier League.
From a possible 143 games in all competitions, Jesus has featured in 100 fixtures for a total minutes tally of 5,588 – the equivalent of 49.8 full games. In those minutes on the field, the 22-year-old has returned 45 goals and 16 assists, and impressed Brazil boss Tite enough to warrant a call-up to the Selecao for this summer’s Copa America.
It was his performance in the Final against Peru that sparked the debate on whether or not it would be possible to sign Jesus this summer, after he scored his second goal of the tournament to put Brazil back ahead going into half-time.
The 22-year-old was later sent off for a second yellow card, though, and many of the Blues fans who joined the discussion over a potential swoop were quick to point out that his future likely lies at the Etihad Stadium, especially given Pep Guardiola’s side handed the Sao Paulo-born striker a two-year contract extension last summer, tieing the forward to the Citizens until 2023.
That’s not to say fans would oppose Marcel Brands and Marco Silva trying their hand, but doubt in a deal being struck is strong…