Crystal Palace appear to have turned to South America in their hunt for fresh striking talent, with the Eagles inquiring about the availability of Fluminese star Evanilson.
The 20-year-old striker, who plays in the top division of Brazilian football, has also been scouted by Palace’s Premier League rivals Liverpool and Manchester City.
The forward would reportedly be open to the move, with Palace leapfrogging rivals due to the club’s willingness to loan Evanilson back to Fluminese for the duration of the 2020/21 season – despite their urgent need for goals. The Eagles only managed to score 31 goals during the 2019/20 season, highlighting their lack of clinical threat. Only relegated Norwich scored fewer goals (26) than the south London side.
Evanilson himself has an impressive individual record in his fledgeling career, scoring six goals in just 12 starts for Fluminese. Evanilson was also the top scorer in the Brasileiro Under-20s with 15 goals to his name.
The Brazilian starlet started his career as a natural winger but has found himself adapting seamlessly to the striking position in recent years. As a consequence, the Palace target appears to be as versatile as he is prolific in front of goal.
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At such a young age, Evanilson could represent excellent value for Crystal Palace. With all parties seemingly favourable towards a deal involving a loan return to Fluminese, there appears to be building momentum behind a transfer.
Evanilson already looks to be an accomplished and composed goal-scorer, exemplifying the qualities that Palace have largely lacked over the course of the previous season. Whilst questions remain as to whether Evanilson could replicate his form in the Premier League, his potential to improve further makes the forward a lucrative young prospect for any club willing to take a chance on him.