Everton consider Casemiro capture from Real Madrid in summer?
Europa League 16/1 chances (with Coral) Everton are reportedly eyeing up a summer move for Real Madrid defensive midfielder Casemiro, who is currently on loan with Portuguese giants Porto.
It seems that Los Blancos would be willing to let the 22-year-old leave the Bernabeu for another season, but only temporarily, as they still have high hopes for their young Brazilian. This is despite Real signing like-for-like compatriot Lucas Silva in the recent transfer winter window.
Casemiro is a former wonderkid, who was bought by the Champions League holders in 2013 from Sao Paulo, after making his debut for Brazil as a 19-year-old two years before.
He made a total of 25 appearances for Real last season, including 12 in La Liga, but it seems that manager Carlo Ancelotti preferred other options this term. Casemiro has featured heavily for Porto, though, turning out 27 times in all competitions for them, scoring three goals, and he played the full 90 minutes in their most recent match against Basel in the Champions League.
Whether or not Ancelotti wants him back at the Bernebeu remains to be seen, but reports suggest that Everton boss Roberto Martinez has already sent his scouts to watch the youngster.
Despite Casemiro’s slightly halted progress, he has still managed to make two appearances for the Samba Boys since the World Cup, off the bench in friendlies against Turkey and Austria.
If he were to sign for the Toffees, he could possibly come in as a replacement for the ageing Gareth Barry, who coincidently shares the same birthday as Casemiro but will be 34 next season.
The likes of Darron Gibson and Muhamed Besic have also featured further back in Everton’s midfield, but surely Martinez will snap at the chance of taking in a Brazil international and rising star to aid his progress.
Merseyside outfit Everton are in desperate need of talent too, as they currently sit in 12th place in the Premier League table after winning just one of their last nine top-flight matches. They are still odds-on at 4/6 to finish the season in the top 10, though.