COMMENT By Will Butcher
Everton must throw their transfer into the ring to sign Barcelona forward Munir this summer, with Serie A giants Roma reportedly in pole position.
The Daily Mail claims the 21-year-old has his heart set on Roma despite interest from all over Europe including Russian giants Zenit St. Petersburg as well as Europa League finalists Ajax.
It is said that a fee of £13.5million is on the table and terms are being thrashed out between Barcelona, Roma and the player’s representatives at the moment.
Munir is likely to leave the Spanish giants after spending the entire 2016-17 season on loan with La Liga outfit Valencia, where he managed eight goals in 39 games.
Known for his quick pace, dazzling trickery on the ball from out wide and his eye for goal, Everton need a player like Munir to push them towards the top six of the Premier League.
His ability to open up a defence is just what the Toffees are missing, with his ability to regularly score also a quantity missing from the Everton side.
Last season, only Romelu Lukaku made it into double figures with 26 strikes in all competitions, while the Toffees next best goalscorer was Ross Barkley on a measly six.
Adding Munir to the side would see the Merseyside outfit begin to score goals from all over the pitch, as the Spaniard possesses the ability to find the back of the net or set up a teammate.
The Toffees are also in urgent need of depth out wide, after allowing Gerard Deulofeu to rejoin Barcelona while Aiden McGeady has joined Sunderland.
Doubts remain over the future of Aaron Lennon, while new signing Henry Onyekuru has been immediately loaned to Anderlecht and it remains unclear when Yannick Bolasie will return from injury.
Signing Munir then would not only provide huge quality to Everton’s Premier League and Europa League campaigns, but also much-needed depth out wide.
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