Cristian Tello looks set to become the latest young Spanish player to leave European heavyweights Barcelona.
24-year-old winger Tello is currently on loan at FC Porto, and his desire to leave his parent club for good was made clear by his agent, Josep Maria Orobitg.
"Tello and I have already told Barcelona that he does not want to return to Camp Nou," Orobitg said, as quoted in the Daily Express.
"And Barcelona do not want to have any players who would rather be elsewhere. His future is not at Barcelona."
His future does, however, look set to be on Merseyside, with a raft of publications- both English and Spanish- reporting that Tello is attracting admiring glances from bitter local rivals, Everton and Liverpool.
It would appear that at this stage, the talented Tello has his pick of the two clubs. But it would seemingly be a far wiser career move for Tello to plump for the Toffees, rather than Jurgen Klopp's outfit.
Firstly, his role would be far clearer at Goodison Park. With Belgian starlet Kevin Mirallas reportedly eager for a move away from the club to enhance his chances of playing for Belgium at Euro 2016, and with Steven Naismith also growing increasingly irate with a lack of playing time, there is a greater need for a player of Tello's position at Everton.
Factor in the age of one of Martinez's incumbent wingers, Aaron Lennon- who turns 30 half-way through next season- and it is clear that Tello's chance of playing time is far greater at Everton.
His role would be less clear at Liverpool. With Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino and Adam Lallana all competing for attacking midfield positions, and with Jordon Ibe also used to playing in an advanced position, Tello could find himself squeezed out.
The example set by young former Barcelona star Gerard Deulofeu should also encourage Tello. Deulofeu has been a revelation at Everton this season, and has had a direct impact on over 30% of the goals scored by the club this season.
His rise to prominence at the club has been all the more arresting given the conditions in which he left La Liga- very publicly fighting with Sevilla manager Unai Emery after an underwhelming loan spell- and will no doubt have been watched with interest by Tello.
Tello should also consider a move to Everton instead of Liverpool because of the criticism that has been meted out to him in the past for his limited defensive contribution.
The winger rarely tracks back and, when he does, his tackling technique has been criticised by some quarters of the Spanish press. At Everton this is less likely to hamper his career progression too much. At Liverpool, however, it is difficult to imagine Jurgen Klopp showing too much patience with a player who does not buy into his energy-intensive, gegenpress.