The Spaniard has risen to prominence over the course of the past two seasons after enduring a nomadic career that saw him leave his homeland back in 2011 to play in Ukraine with Karpaty Lviv and Dynamo Kiev – as well as for Greek side PAOK.
He headed back to La Liga for the 2014/15 season to join Deportivo La Coruna on loan before completing a permanent transfer last summer, which he followed with an impressive 17 goals and eight assists in La Liga. He’s also netted once and laid on another in his only appearance of the current campaign.
And reports claim that his showings have alerted Everton, with talks underway regarding a move for the 27-year-old.
It’s understood that the Toffees’ director of football, Steve Walsh, was a fan of Lucas during his time working at Leicester and has maintained that interest in his new role on Merseyside.
Talks with the player’s representatives are believed to have taken place, with Everton hoping to do a deal for around £15m.
As the numbers (crunched by Squawka) show, Perez outshone the majority of Everton’s current options to lead the line this season during 2015/16.
The Spaniard netted only one fewer goal that Romelu Lukaku and leads the way in terms of assists and key passes, which is perhaps a hangover from his days as a creative No.10.
Ronald Koeman has already used Gerard Deulofeu as a centre-forward this season, while new signing Yannick Bolasie filled the same role at Crystal Palace on a few occasions last term..