Manchester United are reported to have made a move for Porto forward Evanilson, newspaper O Jogo claimed this week.
Evanilson finished last season as Porto’s top goalscorer in all competitions, with 21 goals, his best season yet for the club.
Still only 22, Evanilson is a player with a lot of potential, and an interesting nickname. He is known in Portugal and Brazil as ‘Lewanilson’.
This is in tribute to Polish centre-forward Robert Lewandowski, and it is a nickname which Evanilson embraces.
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Evanilson is nicknamed after Robert Lewandowski
Speaking to Portuguese outlet Mais Futebol, Evanilson explained the nickname dates back to his early years at Fluminense.
He explained: “I like Lewanilson. Since Fluminense they gave me this nickname. Now some FC Porto fans also treat me like that. Lewandowski is a great reference in my position and is a great player. I’m happy for the nickname Lewanilson
Record reports Porto fans have also dubbed him ‘Evan Basten’ in honor of Marco van Basten, such is their admiration for the forward.
O Jogo report Evanilson is the first foreign player aged under 22, to break the 20-goal barrier in a season for Porto for 40 years.
Porto are reportedly looking for upwards of £60 million to sell Evanilson, while his release clause stands at £86 million.
Evanilson credits Porto manager Sergio Conceicao with his development, telling O Jogo: “He helped me a lot in my evolution, both in the game with the ball and in the game without the ball, to put more intensity into the game… I learned a lot from him and with the entire technical team since I arrived.”
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The Brazilian scored 12 fewer league goals than Darwin Nunez in Portugal last season, but had a better shot accuracy, getting 64 per cent of his efforts on target compared to the Uruguayan’s 62 per cent, per BBC.
Evanilson is still a developmental prospect, who risked Porto pricing out of a move to Old Trafford. He is a hugely exciting talent, but for £60 million plus, United would want to be highly confident he would be a success.
If he really can live up to the Brazilian Lewandowski tag, then it would be money well spent.
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