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Reports In Portugal Suggest £35 Million Euro 2016 Winner Close To Joining Everton

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - MAY 16: Ronald Koeman manager of Southampton looks on prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Southampton and Aston Villa at St Mary's Stadium on May 16, 2015 in Southampton, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images) Everton

Everton boss Ronald Koeman is keen on strengthening his squad ahead of next season, with the Toffees looking to get back competing at the top of the Premier League.

After a disastrous 2015/2016 campaign, the club parted ways with manager Roberto Martinez. However, if they are to get back to where they feel that they belong, Everton will need to splash the cash this summer.

According to Portuguese publication Record, Everton are on the verge of signing William Carvalho.

The Sporting Lisbon midfielder was integral to Portugal’s successful Euro 2016 campaign, and is believed to have a release clause of £35 million.

PARIS, FRANCE - JULY 10: William Carvalho of Portugal tackled Dimitri Payet of France during the UEFA EURO 2016 Final match between Portugal and France at Stade de France on July 10, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Everton are extremely interested in the 24 year-old, but are unsure if they are prepared to go over £20 million to sign the defensive midfielder.

This would be a major coup for Everton, and Carvalho could slot seamlessly into the Goodison Park midfield next season.

LISBON, PORTUGAL - AUGUST 31: Benfica's midfielder Enzo Perez tries to stop Sporting's midfielder William Carvalho during the Primeira Liga match between SL Benfica and Sporting CP at Estadio da Luz on August 31, 2014 in Lisbon, Portugal. (Photo by Carlos Rodrigues/Getty Images).

With James McCarthy and Ross Barkley heading up the middle of the park, the addition of a talent like Carvalho with world class potential would be huge.

The Toffees are eager to challenge in the top half of the Premier League next season, and Carvalho would be an ideal signing. He could be a cornerstone whom Koeman could build his team around.

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