Everton 'consider' bid for former Liverpool and Aston Villa target to replace potential £50m exit

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Everton transfer news: The Benfica midfielder is highly-rated and could be a great addition.

Everton are reportedly readying an approach for Benfica midfielder Florentino Luis as they brace themselves for summer bids for some of their key assets.

Financial issues will continue to plague the club for the foreseeable future and parting ways with a key figure such as Amadou Onana or Jarrad Branthwaite would help them to flesh out the squad which has already lost Andre Gomes, Arnaut Danjuma and Dele Alli and potentially Jack Harrison if he doesn’t agree a move back to Goodison Park. But with Onana attracting plenty of suitors with his £50m valuation, midfielders may be sourced this summer.

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According to Portuguese outlet OJogo, Everton are hoping to turn their long-standing interest in Luis into concrete action this summer as they are reportedly preparing a bid. They also stated that there was an approach in January but nothing came to fruition and he would no doubt be a perfect replacement for Onana.

Luis has built a strong reputation across his time in Portugal; the 24-year-old has played 131 times and won two league titles as well as two Portugal super cups. The energetic midfielder has rarely missed a game across the last few years and he looks set - alongside teammate Joao Neves - to be another potential success story in his position to develop at Benfica and it would be an incredible coup if they were to pull it off.

While Everton reportedly had a €30m offer rejected in January, they are hoping to return with a successful bid this time round. Sports broadcaster Ben Jacobs claims Luis has a €120m release clause and with a contract until 2027, it won’t be easy to prise him away from Portugal.

However, his quality is not in question. He averages 4.26 tackles per game and ranks in the 99th percentiles for dribblers challenged, dribblers tackled, interceptions and tackles and interceptions combined.

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