Patson Daka (left) is wanted by Leicester
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Leicester City will step up their efforts to land RB Salzburg striker Patson Daka in a £30 million deal this summer.
Daka, 22, has been on the radar of several Premier League clubs and is wanted by Leicester to bolster Brendan Rodgers’ forward options for another attempt at reaching the top four next season. Competition for the Zambia international could spark bids early in the window to fight off opposition.
He has scored over 60 goals in the last two seasons in the Austrian Bundesliga and scouts expect him to swiftly adapt to English football. At the King Power Stadium he is seen as a forward in the mould of Jamie Vardy, rather than a traditional No 9.
Leicester missed out on Champions League qualification last season after falling out of the top four but winning the FA Cup. They have been negotiating a deal for Boubakary Soumaré from Lille to add to their midfield.
Everton linked with Romero
Sergio Romero is an option again for Everton following his release at Manchester United and key departures at Goodison Park.
Robin Olsen’s loan from AS Roma was for the season and, as it stands, he returns to Italy after the European Championship.
Everton are waiting to appoint Carlo Ancelotti’s successor following his move to Real Madrid and getting a back-up goalkeeper to Jordan Pickford will be one of the new man’s first tasks.
Romero was wanted by Everton at the start of last season but was left frustrated when a deal could not be struck between the two clubs and instead he spent the campaign as third choice behind David De Gea and Dean Henderson.
He is now a free agent after his contract expired at United and has attracted interest in Serie A as he holds an Italian passport, but Everton are an option should he look to stay in the Premier League after six years with United.
Player-plus-cash deals on the rise
This summer will be the first window where big clubs are willing to use makeweights to land their top targets.
Manchester City would consider using players to increase the value of a deal for a striker to replace Sergio Aguero, while Chelsea could include Tammy Abraham in negotiations after he lost his place in Thomas Tuchel’s squad.
Juventus and Barcelona led the way last summer with a deal that effectively saw Miralem Pjanic and Arthur Melo swap clubs, and Premier League sides are also looking at deals that would see cash plus players being part of the fee.