Roberto Martinez is aiming to complete a shrewd bit of transfer business with Everton closing in on a deal for Colombia midfielder Carlos Sanchez.
Everton could be closing in on the bargain of the summer, with reports from Spain suggesting the club are set to complete a deal for Elche midfielder Carlos Sanchez.
The 28-year-old caught the eye of Roberto Martinez at the World Cup, with Sanchez playing an integral role in Colombia’s march to the quarter-finals – their best-ever performance at the FIFA tournament.
According to Football Espana, the Toffees have reportedly triggered a €2 million release clause in the player’s current contract with La Liga minnows Elche – a bargain price in the barmy post-World Cup transfer season.
The website cites local news provider Cope Elche as the main source of the story, though they were keen to note that the deal could yet take some time to complete due to the complex nature of Sanchez’s deal with the club.
According to the article, Elche only own 25% of the rights to the player with two other parties controlling 25% and 50% stakes in the player.
Everton have nevertheless lodged their bid for the player with the Spanish football authorities the LFP, as Martinez looks to bolster his squad ahead of another season in which the Toffees will be looking to claim a top four spot.
The news comes after the Merseysiders hopes of signing fellow World Cup star Enner Valencia seemingly ended, with the Ecuador forward all set to move to West Ham United.
Scorer of three goals at the World Cup, Valencia could head to Upton Park from Mexican side Pachuca in a deal worth £12 million.