Juventus have become the latest European superpower to have registered an interest in Cruzeiro playmaker Everton Ribeiro.
The Old Lady are ready to rival long-term suitors Manchester United and Liverpool for the sought-after Brazilian, who is one of the few supreme talents to dodge the big clubs’ tractor beams during his teen years.
Something of a late-bloomer, the 25-year-old never came to prominence until a 2011 switch to Coritiba.
But what’s so good about Everton that’s made Liverpool, among others, consider plucking him from the Brasileirao?
The most obvious attraction is his creativity.
In the 61 appearances he’s made over the previous two campaigns, he laid on 21 goals for his teammates.
Providing a further 11 himself, he’s either scored or assisted at a superior rate than one in two across this spell.
This season Ribeiro has improved his already-stellar figures from the previous campaign, averaging three key passes per outing as opposed to 2.4 12 months ago.
He typically plays 47.6 passes whenever he takes the field, which is 7.6 more than last year, while his attempted crosses rate is almost double at 2.2.
Creativity, it’s clear, is Everton’s forte, but he’s not much cop going backwards.
At Cruzeiro, he plays with complete free reign.
Coach Marcelo Oliveira, the man who brought the best out of the Aruja originator at Coritiba, has completely absolved him of all defensive responsibility.
Everton’s part of the bargain is to cause as much chaos as possible in the opposition’s ranks, besides, his slight frame doesn’t lend itself to breaking up attacks.
Physicality, or lack thereof, often scuppers the best intentions of the recently-minted Selecao international and, were he to move to the Premier League, this, along with his reluctance to do defensive donkeywork, would definitely lead to problems early on.