By Declan Walsh

16th Jun, 2022 | 7:10am

Everton want to sign £42.9m Matheus Nunes if Peter Kenyon completes takeover

Everton will try to sign £42.9million-rated Sporting CP midfielder Matheus Nunes if Peter Kenyon is able to complete a takeover at Goodison Park before the transfer window closes, according to O Jogo.

The Portuguese newspaper reported via their print edition on Thursday (16 June, page nine) that Everton were initially interested in Nunes, 23, in 2021 but they’ve continued to watch the Brazil-born Portugal international and scouts have been blown away by his progress in the 2021/22 season.

It is understood that the Blues plan to “invest heavily” in their squad this summer but it seems as though they could only do so if Kenyon’s consortium is able to buy the Merseyside club from Farhad Moshiri.

O Jogo claims that if Kenyon does buy Everton this summer, it “would allow a strong attack on the market” and Nunes’ £42.9million valuation is seen as a good opportunity due to his £51.5million release clause.

Newcastle are also said to be keen while Wolves have also shown an interest but are being priced out of a move.

Makes no sense

Whether or not Kenyon’s consortium buys Everton, the club will still have the same issues regarding Financial Fair Play.

Everton aren’t unable to spend anything this summer – they can spend bits and bobs and they can spend money that they free up for themselves in the transfer market.

However, the Kenyon-led consortium won’t have the power to come into Goodison Park, wave a magic wand and free up finances to the point where Nunes is being bought from Sporting for over £40million.

If Everton do sign Nunes, it’ll most likely be because players like Richarlison and Dominic Calvert-Lewin have been sold to raise funds.

And if that happens, there’s no reason why Nunes can’t be signed while Moshiri is still in the boardroom at Goodison Park.

Nunes had a great season for Sporting CP in 2021/22, scoring four goals and supplying five assists in 50 appearances across all competitions.

Sporting won the Taça da Liga and Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira trophies (the Portuguese equivalents of the English League Cup and Community Shield), finished second in the league and reached the Champions League last-16.

Nunes is a good player who’s on a high and we’d love to have him.

We just need to sell before we can buy. We don’t need a takeover for this deal to happen.

In other Everton news, a Sky Sports journalist has said the Blues should complete their first signing by the end of this week.

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