Everton and Leicester City were neck-and-neck all season long in the Premier League standings, and now it appears the two sides will come up against each other again, this time in the summer transfer window.
The Telegraph are reporting that the Blues and the Foxes have both expressed an interest in RB Leipzig striker Jean-Kevin Augustin, who is not part of the German club’s future plans. The French forward was expected to leave in January, but Leipzig’s nearly £40 million valuation scared off any suitors.
The soon-to-be 22-year-old is on a five-year deal that goes until 2022, but Leipzig has qualified for the Champions League and are looking to move on and have dropped their pricetag on the player to a much more reasonable £17.5 million, but neither club is yet to make a formal offer.
The forward joined Leipzig from Paris Saint-Germain for about £12 million in July 2017, and established himself in the team and even struck up a favorable partnership with Everton’s Ademola Lookman when he was in Germany on loan playing in a 4-2-2-2 formation.
Augustin scored 8 goals this season with 2 assists in 29 appearances across all competitions, mostly as centerforward but for the last couple of months has fallen out of favour at the club and dropped out of the first team squad.
The forward certainly fits the profile that Director of Football Marcel Brands is interested in, young and plenty of potential, skillful and pace to burn. The fact that his name keeps coming up even among reputable journalists appears to indicate there might be some fire smouldering beneath all the smoke, let’s see how the summer unfolds.
Football Whispers did a scouting report on the player a few months ago -
Augustin is quick, direct and already an accomplished finisher. An explosive attacking talent, there is a feeling that, when he gets the ball at his feet, something is about to happen, that he is about to quicken the tempo or about to leave a defender in his wake.
He doesn’t possess Mbappé’s blistering turn of pace – then again, not many do – but Augustin has enough acceleration to pull defenders out of position, to run beyond the back-line and to prove a genuine asset on the counter-attack.
He possesses the ability to come alive and produce something spectacular in the penalty area, too.
At just 5ft 8in, Augustin is not the most imposing player when it comes to aerial duels. In fact, he has won just 21 per cent of them in the Bundesliga this season.
There has been some scrutiny on his attitude recently, too, after he rejected a call-up to the France U21 side by texting manager Sylvain Ripoll the day before he was due to join up with the squad complaining of muscle fatigue.
Considering that Augustin has been knocking on the door of a senior call-up, it wasn’t the smartest move on his part and perhaps reflects a young player who is still learning to mature.