Frank Lampard is under pressure to get his summer recruitment spot on if he wants to remain at Everton for the long haul.
Narrowly avoiding relegation from the Premier League with a 3-2 victory over Crystal Palace in their penultimate match last season won’t keep the fans on board for very long.
Should Everton sign Otavio?
He appears to have made a solid start, with James Tarkowski close to signing for the Toffees and there will surely be more to come.
With there being plenty of areas to improve in the Everton squad, there could be a lot of transfer activity this summer. The likes of Jonjoe Kenny and Cenk Tosun leaving the club could free up wages for more attractive signings.
Portuguese outlet O Jogo (via Sport Witness) have claimed that Everton are interested in Porto winger Otavio, with Lampard looking to bolster his squad. They have made an enquiry but may have to pay up to €60m (£51.4m).
The player earns £29k-per=week at his current club and that will be expected to rise if a move to the Premier League materialises.
With the news that Brazilian forward Richarlison wants to leave the club, there could be a large transfer kitty that Lampard could utilise, and signing Otavio would be a wise move.
Although largely deployed on the right-hand side of midfield, Lampard may utilise his attacking potential and push him further forward where he can feed Dominic Calvert-Lewin plenty of chances, he notched nine league assists last season.
He isn’t shy of getting stuck in defensively either, something that Everton missed last season. Compared to positional peers in the top five leagues, Otavio ranks in the top 1% for pressures (28.99 per 90) and tackles (3.03), proving that he has the ability to be a success at both ends of the pitch.
He was dubbed “phenomenal” following a performance for Portugal and at 27 years of age, he could be about to approach his peak years.
It would be an expensive move but it could just prove game-changing to get Everton back to winning ways and Calvert-Lewin back among the goals.
AND in other news, Everton “still interested” in signing £107.8m duo this summer, Lampard will love them…