Report: Everton battling to sign this 17-year-old Croatian prospect, asking price set

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Everton are reportedly pursuing Croatian teenager Josip Brekalo.

According to Tutto Mercato Web, Everton are battling with Monaco for the signature of Dinamo Zagreb teenager Josip Brekalo.

The Toffees take on Crystal Palace later tonight as they look to continue their fine recent form, and despite a string of fine performances of late, manager Roberto Martinez will be looking for reinforcements when the transfer window re-opens in January.

Martinez has brought in a host of talented young players recently, with the likes of Brendan Galloway, Mason Holgate and Matty Foulds all joining the Toffees as Everton look to the future.

That could happen again, with Tutto Mercato Web reporting that Everton are in a battle with Ligue 1 side Monaco over the signature of Dinamo Zagreb teenager Josip Brekalo.

The 17-year-old winger has come up through the ranks at Dinamo, just as the likes of Vedran Corluka, Dejan Lovren, Jozo Simunovic, Luka Modric, Mateo Kovacic, Niko Kranjcar and Andrej Kramaric have in recent seasons, with Dinamo producing a host of top Croatian talent.

Teenage forward Brekalo is now being lined up for a move to England, but Dinamo want a fee of €7m (£5m) for his services, which Everton may deem to be a little too expensive for a teenage prospect - but Martinez loves to develop young players, and could see Brekalo as a wise investment for the future.

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