today 15:30 | Among the legionnaires who worked in Slovakia, Nemanja Matič made the biggest hole in the world. Will the Brazilian Evanilson rifle outdo it? The Serbian midfielder worked in Košice in 2007-09. He left Čermeľ for Chelsea and, under the leadership of coaching giants José Mourinho and Antonio Conte, was a pillar in winning two English titles, with Manchester United and Benfica he was in the Europa League final. Transfer for 80 million? Evanilson has had a breakthrough season at FC Porto. He helped the team to win the double with 21 goals, he played in the Champions League group against Liverpool, AC Milan and Atlético Madrid, the previous year he started in the quarter-finals against Chelsea. On Saturday, he scored to win the Super Cup. Was it one of his last hits for the Dragons? Recently, the Portuguese league has been a sought-after area of English big clubs. Bruno Fernandes, Rúben Dias, Luis Díaz and most recently Darwin Núnez left for the Premier League for big money. Evanilson is not cheap either, Porto will reportedly not go below 80 million euros. The media reported on Manchester United’s offer worth 65 million. The Brazilian striker could replace Cristiano Ronaldo if he leaves Old Trafford. However, football transfer expert Fabrizio Romano denied Manchester United’s offer for Evanilson. VIDEO: Compilation of Evanilson’s goals, tricks and assists: Three years after Šamorín, he played in the LM quarter-finals against Chelsea The still only 22-year-old scorer has several nicknames – Lewanilson, Evan Basten or Evanilshow. “I like Lewanilson, they gave me her at Fluminense. It refers to Robert Lewandowski, one of the best strikers in the world and a role model,” Evanilson, whose full name is Francisco Evanilson de Lima Barbosa, told Betanomag. It was from the parent Fluminense that in 2018, as part of the cooperation between the two clubs, he played in the Slovak second division Šamorín. “Humble boy. In the cabin, he seemed hoarse, but when he got on the field, he was a completely different person. He was above average and a finished player already at the age of 18. He excelled in speed, thought, 1-on-1 play. For me, a defender, a very difficult player to defend,” recalled former teammate Draško Marič-Bjekič for the club’s website. Evanilson started as a teenager, but quickly made an impression. He played six matches for Šamorín’s A-team and scored three goals against Inter Bratislava, Zvolen and Spišská Nova Ves. After returning to Fluminense, he caught on and made it to the under-23 national team. The year before Šamorín almost ended The year before arriving in southern Slovakia after the death of his mother, he almost finished playing football. “He really felt that he was going to put his boots in a box and not play anymore. They had a beautiful relationship with their mother, and football was put aside for a moment. Fortunately, he found the inner strength to continue,” explained José Neto, Evanilson’s first coach, to MaisFutebol. Among other things, the talent dreams of an invitation to this year’s World Championships in Qatar. If he transfers and proves his quality at Manchester United or another big club, he will be hard to ignore. And God knows, maybe the future world champion and Champions League winner put on the Šamorín jersey…
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