Everton are interested in signing Bayer Leverkusen star Wendell as competition for Leighton Baines and he is valued at £32million, according to a report.
The Daily Mail claim that the Brazilian left-back will command the huge fee despite only arriving for £6million in 2014.
He has three years left on his current contract and made 30 appearances across all competitions for the Bundesliga side last season.
He is yet to win a cap for the senior Brazil side, despite playing for the Under-20s and Under-23s.
Football Insider verdict:
£32million is an awful lot of money for a player who hasn’t managed to win a cap for his country yet at the age of 24. There’s no doubt that he possesses great talent – he’s fast, he can score and create goals – but although the hefty price tag might reflect where the market is at the moment, there’s undoubtedly better options out there for the money. He still has three years left on his contract and it might be the case that Leverkusen don’t want to sell. If that’s the case, and they won’t drop their price by at least a third, Everton should walk on and seek better targets. A replacement for Baines is needed – at 33-years-old the trusty left-back is losing his pace, although he was still devastating at times for Everton last season – but at £32million, Wendell is it. We’d much prefer them to go all-out for Germany international Marvin Plattenhardt, currently lining up for his country at the World Cup finals in Russia.
In other Everton news, they must abandon their £40m pursuit and turn their attention to a Championship flyer.