Roberto Martinez remained coy when asked whether Everton would be interested in signing Barcelona youngster Gerard Deulofeu, should the opportunity arise.
The Toffees have been linked with their former loan star again this week (per the Express) following comments made by Spain U21 coach Albert Celades to Cadena SER in which he suggested Deulofeu will struggle to make the grade at Camp Nou and may be tempted to move on.
Martinez is aware of the rumours, but refused to give too much away when responding to the speculation.
The Spanish boss says that Barcelona's transfer ban makes doing business with the La Liga giants difficult, but he did not rule out the possibility of bringing the trickster back to Goodison Park.
"It's impossible to answer," Martinez said at his press conference, when asked whether Everton would move for Deulofeu.
"I think it's more rumours than anything that is strong information. Gerard is a phenomenal footballer, we all enjoyed his time here and I think he enjoyed his time at Goodison and we'll always have those memories.
"I think Barcelona's situation is very specific in terms of the ban that they have, but I don't think that is accurate, that information. The only thing I can say is that Gerard Deulofeu had a fantastic time with us and we'll always keep those memories in a good place."
Deulofeu spent time at Everton during the 2013/14 campaign and his displays made him a fans' favourite at Goodison Park.
The 21-year-old's skill and creativity made him a very exciting player for the side and his record of four goals in 29 games is impressive for someone so young.
Deulofeu looks to have the potential to be a star of the future, but it seems that Barcelona do not believe that he is capable of breaking into their star-studded line-up at the moment.
The Spain international has been out on loan to Sevilla this season and it could be that he finds a new home in the summer, with most Everton fans hoping that it will be on Merseyside.