Everton latest: Transfer talks opened with £8m World Cup winger

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With many Everton players currently on international duty at the World Cup, it's a huge indication as to how good their season has been under Roberto Martinez. Midfielder Ross Barkley is one of those having made the England squad, and Toffees coach Duncan Ferguson has praised the 20-year-old after he came on against Italy at the weekend.

"He had a great season and he adapted really well," said Ferguson, "Everyone knows what a talent he can be. He’s a great player and he’s put a lot of hard work in. The experience will help him. I’ve been very impressed with him.

"He has other players from the club with him in the squad and that will help him. It does help to have a familiar face or two, especially as Ross is a quiet lad. You need a couple of lads to help show you the ropes and where and when to go to meals and things. It’s great for Everton that the club has so many players in the England squad," added the Scot.

Barkley wasn't the only youngster to flourish under Martinez, with Barcelona winger Gerard Deulofeu impressing during his season-long loan spell, and the 20-year-old almost made it into Spain's World cup squad. Now expected to return to the Barca first team, and Martinez says the young star has what it takes to make an impact for Luis Enrique's side - even though he wanted him back on Merseyside.

"He is ready to play for Barcelona because he has special talent, certain qualities that make him stand out," said Martinez, "I was delighted when Del Bosque called him up for the friendly before the World Cup. They had followed him for the year he was at Everton and were able to see that he was performing to a very high level."

"It would have been good for Gerard and for Everton if he had stayed for us for another year. He would have enjoyed a bigger role in the team than I think he will have at Barcelona because of the competition he will find there," continued the former Wigan boss.

With Deulofeu returning to Catalunya, Everton may seek to add another winger, and it's no surprise to see that they have targeted one already. Croatian winger Ivan Perisic impressed in the opening Group A game against hosts Brazil, and speculation suggests that Everton have opened talks with his club Wolfsburg over an £8m move for the former Borussia Dortmund man this summer.

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