By George Overhill

11th Jan, 2022 | 10:00pm

Everton have to pay €20million for David Neres, January transfer 'expected' - report

Ajax value Everton transfer target at a minimum of £16.7million but a transfer is expected this month, report UOL Deportes in Brazil.

The Toffees face competition from Shakhtar Donetsk though, with the Ukrainians having a bid of £12.5million rejected already. French outlet Jeunes Footeux reported on 7 January that the Blues are keen on Neres.

So a move will need to be made quickly as Ajax are believed to be happy to see the Brazilian move on this during this window.

According to the report (as translated by Sport Witness), “a sale is now expected in the winter transfer market in Europe” and Donetsk “continues to try to push the deal”.

Another risky transfer?

A couple of seasons ago this move would have made perfect sense for an exciting young talent, performing in the Champions League, and especially at the quoted price.

The attacking midfielder was a key part of Ajax’s famous run to the semi-finals of Europe’s biggest competition, where they saw off Juventus and Real Madrid before coming within minutes of reaching the final.

Neres scored in the 4-1 demolition of Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu, and much like many of his teammates big things were expected of him.

But while that team has been gradually picked apart with big-money moves for the likes of Matthijs de Ligt, Frenkie de Jong, Hakim Ziyech and Donnie van de Beek, the young Brazilian’s form has tailed off.

The Dutch giants were unable to prevent the other star names leaving and sought to maximise the profit they could make, but in contrast are happy to see Neres leave for a relative bargain in today’s market.

At 24 he is by no means a lost cause, and the apparent interest from teams across Europe signifies that, Everton fans will surely be weary of their side throwing money away on yet another costly flop, as they did with current Neres teammate Davey Klaassen.

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