Everton are interested in sign FC Nürnberg striker Can Uzun but face tough competition to sign him with several clubs around Europe also in the hunt, according to Florian Plettenberg.
The Sky Sports Germany journalist shared on his personal Twitter account (20 January) that the Toffees along with Newcastle, Brighton, Fulham, Sevilla and Villarreal are all interested in the “incredible” 18-year-old striker.
Plettenberg tweeted back in October that the Toffees had enquired about the German-born forward but concrete talks have already taken place with Dortmund and his price tag in the summer for suitors is more than €10m (£8.6m).
Plettenberg posted on Saturday (20 January): “Can Uzun, two more goals for Nürnberg today! 18 y/o striker, incredible talent, key player! Price tag in summer: More than €10m.
“Concrete talks with Dortmund took place. Bayern have inquired about him. He’s a target for Frankfurt.
“Newcastle have scouted him. He’s also on the list of Fulham, Brighton, Everton, Sevilla, Villarreal.”
Developing young talent can be a cost-effective way for the Toffees to secure their long-term financial sustainability and it is desperately clear they need that given their difficult financial issues right now.
In recent years, the club have spent insane amounts of money on mediocre talents and it’s not translated to success on the pitch and they are facing the repercussions after their two FFP punishments.
Uzun appears to be a top talent for the Toffees to target but face a tough battle with the number and quality of clubs interested in the youngster’s services.
Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich have already made first moves which means it’s an uphill battle for the Toffees to get involved in any move for Uzun who’s enjoying a tremendous breakthrough season in the German second division, scoring eight goals so far.
Everton’s previous enquiry in the winger certainly points to them having strong interest in the forward and that could also mean that they are not out of the race but given their financial issues, right now, it’s a tall order to even cough up £8m right now.