By Adefunmiloye Alani

3rd Dec, 2021 | 5:40pm

Everton join race for Zenit St Petersburg forward Sardar Azmoun

Everton are eyeing a move for Zenit St Petersburg forward Sardar Azmoun ahead of the summer transfer window, according to 90min.

The Toffees are likely to lose Richarlison in 2022, and the Iranian international, 26, is seen as a potential replacement, with Farhad Moshiri a long-term fan of his.

Azmoun is set to become a free agent at the end of the campaign, and the Blues are not the only ones keeping tabs on a player Marcel Brands remains a fan of having attempted to sign him for PSV Eindhoven.

Quality

Everton’s British-Iranian owner and director of football will be looking to get a deal for the Petersburg star across the line, and the fact that he will be a free agent next summer makes him very attractive for a side struggling with Financial Fair Play restrictions.

Azmoun is attracting teams in Italy, Spain, France and Germany, and the likes of West Ham, Tottenham and Arsenal were once linked with him.

It is not hard to see why after he scored 61 goals in 102 games for the Russian giants, and the Toffees could be landing a top player.

They could be forced to cash in on Richarlison who has always expressed his desire to move on one day, and the fee fetched from his sales should help sort part of their FFP challenges out.

Azmoun, once dubbed the Iranian Messi, has nine goals in 19 games so far this term, and he could be keen on a move to the Premier League in order to prove his quality to the world.

Everton should be all over such a player who will cost them nothing in transfer fees, but failure to qualify for Europe could hinder their chances.

In other Everton news, the Toffees are plotting January loan-to-buy bid for centre-mid hailed by Jack Grealish last month.

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