Summer is fast approaching and the tracks being laid down for eye-catching transfer deals. Scouts from 10 different Premier League clubs were spotted in the weekend fixture between FC Porto and SL Benfica at the Estadio De Luz. Among the noticeable players on the pitch, Moussa Marega might have caught the eyes of Everton, Swansea City and West Ham United representatives.
The attacker has appeared in 36 games for Porto this season and has racked up an impressive tally of 21 goals and 7 assists. He is the ideal partner for Vincent Aboubakar upfront and can appear in almost any position in the final third.
Marega has rejuvenated his career with the Portuguese outfit after spending the previous season out on loan to Vitoria de Guimaraes. He also has been capped 13 times for Mali scoring just once against Benin in the 2017 Africa Cup Of Nations qualifiers.
The 27-year-old has mostly been made to appear in the shadow striker role by Sergio Conceicao but Marega has made his presence felt from the flanks and the number nine role as well. His pace and robust athletic presence are capable of handling the physical nature of the English game.
The question lies in whether Everton are ready to bid heavy for the striker. The Toffees already have Oumar Niasse in the striker role and have just recently signed Cenk Tosun from Turkish side, Besiktas.
The attacking midfield role is well covered by Wayne Rooney and Gylfi Sigurdsson while the wings have Yannick Bolasie, Theo Walcott and Dominic Calvert-Lewin. Almost all them are recent additions and regular starters under Sam Allardyce.
Marega will bring a lot of scoring influence with him to the Goodison Park but has never been exposed to the English game. Players require a certain adjustment period which could end up costing the team with a similar result as they have endured in the 2017/18 campaign.
Or luck might have it that Marega hits the ground running, right on his arrival. It all depends on whether Allardyce will get to see out his contract or a new face take the reigns of the Liverpool-based outfit.
Farhad Moshiri has agreed to spend heavily in order to see the club in the Champions League in the near future. However, it might be too much of a gamble to bring in a 27-year-old striker who has only recently found his shooting boots and has never played in England.