By Adefunmiloye Alani

11th Jan, 2022 | 3:10pm

Everton keen on AS Monaco ace Aleksandr Golovin with player a fan of Benitez

Everton have contacted AS Monaco over a deal for Aleksandr Golovin, with the player a fan of Rafa Benitez, according to Russian outlet Championat.

However, the Ligue 1 outfit want around £33million and £42million for him given the importance of the Russia attacking midfielder, 25, to the squad, and that is set to be an obstacle regarding any deal being done between both clubs.

While the Toffees have continued to make enquiries about him, they are yet to lodge an official bid for Golovin, but he is very much keen on leaving Monaco and take the next step of his career by joining a bigger team.

Chance?

Benitez is not Everton fans’ cup of tea, but there are definitely players who would not hesitate to join him on Merseyside should the chance present itself, and it appears Golovin is one.

Having strengthened both full-back positions this month by signing Vitalii Mykolenko and Nathan Patterson, the Goodison Park outfit could do with an attacker considering their frequent injuries in the department.

However, a move for the Russian before the winter transfer window shuts could be off the cards given his fee.

He has three goals and three assists in 25 games across all competitions in 2021-22 after ending last term with five goals and nine assists in 21 league games.

Golovin can play on both wings and centrally, and Everton could do with such a quality player in their attacking ranks right now given their struggles in front of goal.

They are not short on cash given the constant backing of owner Farhad Moshiri, but Financial Fair Play restrictions mean splashing the cash at the moment is not possible, and they have to look elsewhere for a cheaper option.

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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