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Everton join race for highly-rated Brazilian prospect

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Everton have made an enquiry about Brazilian youngster Yuri Alberto, according to Torcedores.

The 20-year-old has scored 11 goals in 27 appearances for Internacional in the Brasileirao this season, putting him on the radar of clubs across Europe.

The report claims that Ribeiro has a “verbal agreement” with AC Milan to move to the San Siro, but that the Italian side are not prepared to meet Internacional’s valuation. He’s also rejected an offer from Barcelona.

The striker’s release clause stands at £67.5million; Milan have reportedly offered just over £8million, but the Brazilian outfit will not even consider bids lower than £17million.

This has opened the door to other teams, with Everton joined in the race for his signature by Manchester City, Atletico Madrid, Lyon, Napoli and Roma.

An unlikely transfer?

This seems as if it could be a tricky deal for Everton to get done, as Ribeiro’s heart appears set on his next club being AC Milan.

That said, the Toffees already have two Brazilians in their ranks – Richarlison and Allan – which could make Goodison Park an attractive prospect for the youngster.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin is Everton’s first choice centre forward and netted three goals in the opening three Premier League games of the season.

However, the England international has been sidelined with a fractured toe since the end of August and his absence has been noticeable.

Salomon Rondon has deputised for Calvert-Lewin but is yet to score in seven appearances for the club. Richarlison can also play down the middle but his more natural position is on the left-wing.

Therefore, signing a younger alternative would be a wise piece of business from Rafael Benitez, who is set to be backed in the transfer window by Farhad Moshiri.

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