According to Sky Sports, Youseff Chermiti is set to undergo a medical at Everton later this week ahead of his proposed £15m move from Sporting CP.
The Portuguese U21 international is expected to sign for Sean Dyche’s side prior to their pre-season fixture against his current club Sporting this Saturday, whilst the deal itself is said to be worth an initial £12m plus a potential £3m in add-ons.
Chermiti made his debut for his boyhood side in January of this year and has gained valuable experience in the Liga Portugal since- scoring three times and assisting twice in 16 appearances, nine of which were starts.
Having struggled with the absence of Dominik Calvert-Lewin last season, who started just 15 league games due to injury, The Toffees interest in the 6’4” forward comes as they search to strengthen their attacking options heading into next season- after scoring just 34 league goals in the last campaign, the second worst in the division.
However, the prospective deal would see the 19-year-old move for significantly more than his current €3m market value- as estimated by Transfermarkt– suggesting that he would be taking significant step up in his career during a period in which he is still inexperienced and in the early stages of his development.
Despite this, the Merseyside club will hope the Chermiti can live up to his potential and increase this market value significantly- thus making him a worthy investment.
Furthermore, the strikers potential arrival from Ruben Amorim’s side will be the third at Goodison Park this summer, with 37-year-old Ashley young having joined on a free transfer from Aston Villa, whilst Dutch international Arnaut Danjuma has signed on a year-long loan deal from Villarreal.
Each of these new signings will have the chance to prove themselves when Everton host their former manager Marco Silva’s Fulham side on August 12 in their first Premier League game of the season- as the Blues look to improve upon their 17th place finish last season and re-establish themselves as one of the top sides in England once again.
Travis Levison | Get Football