According to reports in Spain (via SportWitness), Everton are lining up a summer swoop for Espanyol left back Aaron Martin.
The Catalan press reported in January that Everton were interested in a €20million (£17.6m) move for Martin, but Espanyol wanted more for a January move.
According to Friday’s report though, the club is now considering letting the flying full back go this summer, and his agent is working hard to get a deal done.
The 21 year-old has a €40m release clause, but with his form fading in recent months and the club in financial trouble, he could be available for the original €20m offer.
Everton fans may be dubious of a move for a left back, as Leighton Baines has once again proved his importance to the team with some impressive form since returning from injury.
However, Baines will turn 34 this year, so bringing in a supremely talented 21 year-old would certainly be a wise move.
Martin was superb in the first half of the season for Espanyol, and is averaging 1.1 successful dribbles per game, one key pass and 1.1 successful crosses, impressive numbers for a team struggling towards the bottom of La Liga.
The young left back is great going forward and has great technical ability, but he will definitely need to iron out a few creases on the defensive side of things.
Baines could be just the man to help him there, and there aren’t many who are better suited to teach the youngster how to be a Premier League full back.
Martin isn’t perfect, and for around €20m fans would expect production quickly, but he has a big future ahead of him and could easily be Baines’ long term successor.
Everton fans, would you back a summer swoop for Martin? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below…