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Everton Set To Sign Brazilian Midfielder This Summer: A Massive Coup For Rafa Benitez?

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Jack O’Brien
A 22 y/o football nerd seeking my way into football writing. I love Irish football and also the Premier League. A huge Arsenal fan! Aside from writing, I like to spend my time fishing and drinking beer.

According to Record, Everton are set to sign Matheus Nunes this summer. It appears the Merseyside giants are finally in a position to complete the capture of the Sporting CP midfielder, putting an end to a long-running transfer saga. The value of the switch remains unknown but Nunes does have a contract at Lisbon until 2025, potentially forcing Everton to shell out a significant sum.

Who Is Matheus Nunes?

A native of Rio de Janeiro, Matheus Nunes began his footballing career in Portugal with Ericeirense before moving to Sporting CP’s youth team for almost €1 million in January 2019. He has since enjoyed a swift rise to prominence, notably ending the 2019/20 campaign with ten league appearances.

Although Nunes is yet to establish himself as a first-team regular for Sporting, he has built quite a reputation for his silky skill in possession. He is indeed quite an industrious number eight, who can drive forward with the ball and find himself in useful attacking positions.

The Brazilian was involved in five goals in Liga Primeira last season despite starting in only 12 games. It is indicative of his ability to influence the game in the final third while the midfielder is also capable of pressuring the opposition ball-carriers.

Moreover, Matheus Nunes is quite a versatile operator. In addition to his favoured central midfield role, the youngster can feature as a holding midfielder as well as a number ten, making him a well-rounded outlet in the middle of the park.

Everton are set to sign Matheus Nunes - One for the future?
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A Good Option For Everton?

Everton’s desire to sign Matheus Nunes is hardly surprising as the club does require reinforcements in midfield. Jean-Philippe Gbamin has struggled with injuries and lack of chances throughout his career at Goodison Park whereas Andre Gomes simply hasn’t hit the heights since joining the club permanently.

Not to mention, their star player James Rodriguez faces an uncertain future at the club following the arrival of Rafa Benitez. It opens up an ideal avenue for Nunes to become a potential star in his Everton setup as his technical superiority and quality in possession may enhance the club’s approach play in the middle of the park.

While the Brazilian certainly needs some time to settle into the Premier League, he represents an excellent value and can be a potential answer to Everton’s problems in the creative midfield unit. At the age of just 22, Nunes also has time on his side, potentially making him a smart long-term investment for the Toffees this summer.

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