Premier League side, Everton F.C are keeping a close tab on AS Roma midfielder Gonzalo Villar who does not appear to be in new manager Jose Mourinho’s plans for the club.

The report is according to Fichajes, who claims the Merseyside giants Everton are interested in securing the services of AS Roma midfielder Gonzalo Villar.

The 23-year-old joined the Italian giants from the Spanish side Elche in 2020, and has made 60 appearances for the club since. Notably, 58 of these have come under former boss Paulo Fonseca who was replaced by Jose Mourinho earlier this summer. The Portuguese legend does not value Villar the same way and has used him sparing this season.

So far, the Spanish international has been limited to just two appearances off the bench, totalling 69 minutes on the pitch. Whether Mourinho has already made up his mind on the player or is just testing out all the options at his disposal remains to be seen. The 58-year-old is a rather opinionated manager who has his favourites and is not afraid to give his preferred players a leg up when needed.

The last year and a half have been beneficial to Villar’s development as a player, even earning him a senior call up to the Spanish national side in 2021. Being relegated would be akin to taking a step back in his development.

Everton appear keen on the player and could offer him a way out. The Toffees are short in the central midfield department and would welcome additions. In Villar, they can land themselves a player young enough to be considered a prospect but experienced enough to be thrown in at the far end.

For his signature, Everton will, however, face competition from the Italian side Napoli. Luciano Spalletti side is keen on the player and could push to beat Everton to his signature. Villar’s proven talent in Serie A could fit in like a glove at the Diego Armando Maradona Stadium. With finances at a premium, just what resources Benitez will have at his disposal to land Villar remains to be seen. He will, at the very least, be an intriguing addition to the Toffees squad.

The Toffees next outing in the Premier League is away at the Old Trafford against Manchester United. The Red Devils, however, have won five of their last seven Premier League matches while five of Everton’s last seven Premier League matches have gone over 2.5 goals. With that in mind, we are backing Today soccer tips‘ for this match an over 2.5 match goals.