Video Evidence: Everton target Benfica playmaker Pablo Aimar

According to Portuguese daily Abola, Everton are currently weighing up a bid for Argentinian midfielder Pablo Aimar who has just helped Benfica to the Portuguese title.

The 30 year old playmaker began his career with River Plate, after deciding against pursuing a medical career. He rose through the youth ranks and into the first team where his skills led to Maradona claiming that the youngster was his “legitimate successor as the world’s greatest player,” not a bad accolade from a Boca fanatic.

In his five seasons at River he played a significant role in helping the club to the Argentinian title a Copa Libertadores and a South American Super Cup. As with all the best South American youngsters it was of no surprise when he joined Valencia for 24 million Euros in January 2001.

His success continued in Spain, helping break the Barcelona- Real Madrid stranglehold on La Liga. Two titles, a Uefa Cup, the World Super Cup and runners up in the Champions League made it the most successful period in Los Che’s history.

He was the central cog in Valencia’s game. He utilised his technique on the ball and his vision to gain that vital bit of space and play through balls for his wingers and attackers to latch onto.

In a team that consisted of Mendieta, Claudio Lopez, Baraja and Kiki Gonzalez he was the master pulling the strings, the conductor of a great orchestra.

In all he made 157 appearances and scored 27 goals for Valencia before being purchased by Real Zaragoza for 12 million Euros.

He did not enjoy his time at Zaragoza. In his two seasons with the club he suffered severe back and knee injuries in consecutive seasons which ruled him out for the majority of both seasons. His absence contributed to the team being relegated from La Liga.

Benfica came calling for the experienced player, and Zaragoza who were looking to cut their wage bill sold him for half of what they paid for him two years earlier.

Aimar has enjoyed a renaissance in Portugal where last season he appeared 35 times, scoring 5 goals.

The playmaker may be 30 and entering the back end of his career but last season he illustrated that he can still be considered as someone who can make things happen on the pitch.

Two worries would be that he is too similar a player to Mikel Arteta and that at 5ft 5inches he will not be strong enough to adapt to the rigours of the English game.

However, David Moyes’ record in the transfer market is second to none and if he purchases the little Argentinian we are sure that he will shine as the Everton manager hardly ever gets it wrong in the transfer market.

Video evidence can be seen here.