In the imminent January transfer window, Everton has thrown its hat into the ring to secure the talents of the highly promising Juventus player, Samuel Iling-Junior.
Yet, the Toffees are not the sole contenders in this race, as they face robust competition from Fulham, Tottenham, and Aston Villa.
Expressing dissatisfaction with his restricted playing time in Serie A this season, the 20-year-old English youth international appears poised for a change.
With merely four starts to his credit, insiders close to Juventus intimate that Iling-Junior is unlikely to prolong his stint in Italy beyond the expiration of his current contract in 2025.
Although recognized as an exceptionally bright prospect, the prospect of signing Iling-Junior introduces a level of risk for Everton.
This is primarily due to his relatively limited exposure to senior-level competition, having made a mere 22 appearances for Juventus’ first team, a factor contributing to the reservations surrounding his potential acquisition.
According to the most recent evaluation on Transfermarkt.com, Iling-Junior’s market value is pegged at 9 million euros.
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His discontent with the scarcity of playing time, combined with the keen interest from various English clubs, strongly hints at a potential return to his homeland.
Since September 2023, Iling-Junior has actively participated in two fixtures for England’s U21 team, underlining his dedication to international development.
With a keen desire to reinforce their attacking options, particularly following the departure of Alex Iwobi to Fulham on the summer transfer window’s deadline day, Everton appears poised to pursue Iling-Junior when the transfer window reopens in January.
The competition for his signature is expected to escalate, necessitating Everton to carefully evaluate the potential rewards against the inherent risks associated with securing a player with limited experience at the top tier.
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Bologna-born Giuseppe Bianchi has spent more than a decade living in Rome and writing about Italian football, Spanish football and the Premier League for various Italian football portals and now he writes about European football for Euro Football Rumours. He's been thinking about football transfers pretty much nonstop since the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy. Aside from writing, he likes to spend his time fishing and rock climbing.