AC Milan are reportedly interested in going back to Brazil for another young star. Milan are reportedly interested in Gremio’s star winger Everton Sousa Soares, who could fill the giant gaping hole at left wing that Milan currently have.
Everton is an up-and-coming star in Brazil after starring for Gremio in two straight Copa Libertadores campaigns for the Porto Alegre-based club. Gremio won the Copa Libertadores in 2017 and made the semifinals in 2018, losing out to eventual champions River Plate on away goals. Everton made a significant impact on Gremio’s Copa Libertadores run in 2018, scoring five goals in only eight appearances. In last season’s Brazilian Série A, Everton made 28 appearances, scoring 10 goals and getting three assists. He also scored the winning goal in extra time during last year’s Club World Cup win over Mexico’s Pachuca, setting up Gremio’s loss to Real Madrid in the final. The previous season Everton scored eight goals and got five assists in 32 Série A matches.
Everton would be an ambitious signing for Milan, as he’s reportedly valued very highly by the Brazilian club. Gremio are also interested in trying to make another run at a Copa Libertadores title, and the loss of their left winger would put a significant dent in those plans.
However, with Milan’s reputation in Brazil, not to mention the introduction of a new Portuguese language Twitter account and a Portuguese language option for the club’s official website, this rumor might have some legs to it. It seems the club is trying to expand its presence in Brazil, and signing a player with the pedigree of Everton, along with Lucas Paqueta from Flamengo, Milan would certainly expand their exposure in the largest Portuguese-speaking country in the world. This signing could not only potential pay dividends on the pitch, as it appears Everton would make an immediate impact, but also in the commercial intentions of the club off the pitch as well.