In a surprising turn of events, Paris Saint-Germain star Hugo Ekitike seems to favor a move to Lens over Everton, according to reports emerging from France, relays the IF.
The 21-year-old forward had joined PSG last season on loan with an obligation to make the transfer permanent this summer. However, Ekitike struggled to meet the high expectations placed upon him and managed to score only three goals in 25 league appearances for the French outfit.
As PSG looks to reshape their squad, they appear willing to allow the player to depart during this transfer window, setting an asking price of approximately €35 million to facilitate his exit.
Ekitike’s performances haven’t gone unnoticed, with both Everton and Lens expressing interest in securing his services. Notably, he has caught the eye of Sean Dyche at Everton, where he ranks high on the manager’s transfer wishlist.
Sources indicate that Everton has already submitted a bid for Ekitike and is currently engaged in negotiations with PSG to secure the player’s signature.
Interestingly, it appears that Lens is also in the race to acquire the PSG star. According to the reputable French sports daily L’Equipe, Ekitike is leaning towards a move to Franck Haise’s Lens instead of joining Everton.
In a possible twist, PSG is reportedly considering leveraging Ekitike’s potential departure as part of their negotiations with Eintracht Frankfurt for Randal Kolo Muani.
As the transfer window continues to unfold, the future destination of Hugo Ekitike remains uncertain. Will he opt for the allure of Everton or the prospects presented by Lens? Only time will reveal where this emerging talent will ultimately find his next home.