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Benfica duo eyed by Everton scouts

| Friday, 31 May 2019 11comments  |  Jump to last
Everton's numerous trips to watch Benfica's youth sides have reportedly led to firm interest in at least two players, Pedro Alvaro and Nuno Tavares.

O Jogo in Portugal claim that the pair, a centre-half and left-back respectively, have caught the eye of Marcel Brands's scouts and though there is no concrete interest in trying to sign them now, Everton could try and recruit them in the future.

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Vijay Nair
1 Posted 31/05/2019 at 01:45:41
A couple of 19-year-olds currently playing for Benfica B. If these two are signed, it would more than likely be to top up the U23s...
Derek Knox
2 Posted 31/05/2019 at 04:21:18
True, Vijay, but maybe they have spotted something special with these two lads that could trigger off a modest outlay, with the hope they would develop into first teamers after a season or two.
Alan J Thompson
3 Posted 31/05/2019 at 05:08:07
I know nothing about these players but has anyone else noticed how new managers at clubs seem to be interested in players of their own nationality, or is it journalists of little imagination?
Derek Knox
4 Posted 31/05/2019 at 05:59:06
Alan @3, it could be a bit of both to be honest, but I would imagine Silva speaks fairly regularly with his compatriots back home, who probably alert him to players of note, then I presume he has a word with MB, who in turn sends a scout out to confirm if he or they are worthy of further scrutiny or consideration.
Sam Hoare
5 Posted 31/05/2019 at 07:32:50
No harm in this. Benfica have a pretty good youth system.

We’ve also watched their first team a lot. Reckon their CB Ferro could be on the shopping list once the Zouma situation is made clear.

Jon Withey
6 Posted 31/05/2019 at 08:00:15
Portuguese league seems to be in fashion - can't say it's a problem for me.

Not many transfers from the Italian league for a while. What happened to all of our Scots ?

Justin Doone
7 Posted 31/05/2019 at 08:26:37
If that good can we not agree a transfer fee for 2 years time and keep them on at Benfica until then?

I don't want to be age-ist but for me 19 year old defenders are not ready for the Premier league as they lack experience, strength and are not even tested in the weaker Portugal league with Benficas first team.

Drew O'Neall
8 Posted 31/05/2019 at 09:40:14
Brands has said if they are not ready for our team, he’d rather leave players where they are and come back when they are ready than stockpiling a la Chelsea.
Paul Bernard
9 Posted 31/05/2019 at 19:07:47
Wouldn’t be surprised if the B team captain was the true target. He is over 6 foot and a centre half. The type of promise and age I think Silva is looking for.
Si Smith
10 Posted 01/06/2019 at 01:04:09
ToffeeWebbers often moan about these types of deals, but I'm all for them, a club like us needs to find a few young gems and spend a few years shining them up.
Steve Ferns
11 Posted 01/06/2019 at 09:34:06
Sorry to pour scorn lads, but 19-year-olds good enough for the Premier League should expect to be first team in Portugal by that age. If they were 17, then this story would have more credence.

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