Diogo Filipe Guerreiro Viana is a 23-year old winger that plays for Gil Vicente FC, who has recently been linked to several Premier League teams.
Last summer, Diogo Viana nearly completed a move to Sunderland. The Black Cats' former boss, Paolo Di Canio, was allegedly very impressed by the player’s performances last term in the Portuguese second tier. However and for reasons unknown, the deal didn’t go through and the talented young winger ended up signing a deal with the Portuguese Premier League’s team Gil Vicente FC. Funny enough, after the Sunderland’s episode, Diogo Viana was also very close to signing a contract with Blackburn Rovers, but reportedly Gary Bowyer did not want any more Portuguese players in his team and so the deal went down the drain.
A report in the Mirror believes Everton’s head coach, Roberto Martinez, has been following Diogo Viana’s career for quite some time and that the Toffees are ready to make an offer for him during the January transfer window. However, Everton could face stiff competition from Swansea. The media claim that Gil Vicente FC are asking a fee believed to be around £4.5 million, an amount that could represent their highest revenue ever from selling a player.
This season, Diogo Viana has been particularly impressive for his new club and he is a regular choice from the team’s new manager, João de Deus. Diogo Viana is a “product” of two amazing Portuguese football academies: Sporting CP and FC Porto. However, ever since he signed his first professional contract, he never got a chance to play regularly for FC Porto. He was constantly on loan, first at Dutch side of VVV Venlo and after that at Desportivo das Aves until 2011, when he left the Portuguese current champions for good.
His move away from FC Porto marked the beginning of a new chapter in his career. He signed for second tier FC Penafiel and after two quality seasons with them, he joined Gil Vicente FC earlier this summer.
Diogo Viana is an excellent and promising winger. He can play on both flanks or he can lurk behind the centre forward. He has good acceleration, dribbling and passing skills and a refined technique. At the age of 23, this is probably a good time for Diogo Viana to move one step forward in his career and Everton would be a great place for him to do that. The managerial experience of Roberto Martinez would surely be crucial to help the Portuguese Youth International's development as a footballer, thus helping him become a top class winger in the near future.