According to Mirror Football, Everton are beating local rivals Liverpool in the race to sign Barcelona winger Cristian Tello.

The 22 year-old is an impressive talent, having claimed a European championship with the Spain 21s and already racked up 59 appearances in La Liga, producing eleven goals in return.

Many assumed the once-capped Spain international would be a mainstay at the Nou Camp after the Catalans bumped his release clause up to £21million in December 2012. But bizarrely, Tello has gone on to make a just a handful of league starts for the Spanish giants since, including a miserly two this season.

He’s kept his many suitors, including the likes of Inter Milan, Arsenal and Spurs, interested however, with a hat-trick against Levante in last season’s Copa del Rey final, and the Toffees view him as an ideal replacement for loan signing Gerard Deulofeu, who will return to Barca next season.

With fellow loan stars Gareth Barry and Romelu Lukaku still to replace however, it’s unlikely Tello will be Roberto Martinez’ only acquisition of the summer.

With that in mind, here’s a list of SIX Toffees targets who could follow the Spaniard to Goodison in the coming transfer window.


Cristian Tello

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