Everton are lining up a move for Alfonso Pedraza, the Independent reports.
New investor Farhad Moshiri is ready to sanction some major transfer deals, and he has agreed with Roberto Martinez that Pedraza should be the first signing of his era at Goodison Park.
A £2 million fee is indicated as being required to tempt the 19-year-old talent away from current club Villarreal, with whom Pedraza has managed three appearances.
A left-winger, who is also able to play on the right side of midfield, currently turns out for Villarreal’s ‘B’ side, with occasional forays into the senior set-up.
He has been capped at Under-19 level by Spain, and was part of the side who won the European Under-19 Championship in Greece last year.
His performances in that competition - four starts for the winners - brought him to the attention of some of the biggest clubs in Europe, and Everton believe they can steal him ahead of any other rivals this summer.
Moshiri is willing to sanction the move as the first signing of his era on Merseyside, with promises that there is much more investment to come in the coming years.