Everton manager Rafael Benitez is keen on signing Brighton & Hove Albion striker Neal Maupay, but a deal is expected to be difficult to complete due to the Toffees' Financial Fair Play restrictions, according to Sky Sport. So far in the summer window, Benitez has signed two wingers in Andros Townsend and Demarai Gray, but he wants to strengthen his frontline even more by signing a new striker.
The Toffees were interested in Lazio's Joaquin Correa, but he has already joined Inter, so Benitez is looking for other options. Benitez has his sights set on Brighton striker Nemanja Matic, though Everton are expected to find it tough to sign him due to Financial Fair Play laws.
The Merseyside giants must offload players before they can swoop for Maupay, who is also receiving interest from Ligue 1 heavyweights Marseille. Everton are yet to find a solution for a number of stars, including Fabian Delph, Cenk Tosun, and Moise Kean, while they are open to offers for Jonjoe Kenny, Mason Holgate, and Jarnthwaite.
Brighton paid £20 million to recruit Maupay from Brentford in the summer of 2019, and they are expected to demand a high amount for his services, given that he has two years left on his current contract. Everton will only be able to spend money if they can balance their books by selling players, so a deal for Maupay before the transfer window closes is improbable.
Maupay began his junior career with US Valbonne in 2002, when he was six years old, before joining the Nice academy in 2007. He rose through the ranks to the reserve team at the start of the 2012–13 season, scoring four goals in three early-season appearances before being called into the first team squad for a Ligue 1 match against Brest on September 15, 2012.
Maupay made his professional debut as an injury-time substitute for Éric Bauthéac during the 3–2 triumph at the age of 16 years and 32 days.  From October 2012 to March 2013, he was a regular member of the first team squad, and in January 2013, he signed a new two-and-a-half-year contract. Maupay's season was cut short after he tore his cruciate ligament in a reserve match on April 14, 2013.
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