Barcelona sporting director rules out Ramiro Funes Mori signing

Referee Robert Madley shows a red card to Everton's Ramiro Funes Mori

Barcelona have been linked with a move for Everton defender Ramiro Funes Mori in the summer transfer window.

Everton's Ramiro Funes Mori heads at goal

Barcelona sporting director Robert Fernandez has told ESPN FC that the club are not interested in signing Ramiro Funes Mori from Everton in the summer transfer window.

According to a recent report in Sport, Fernandez was in Boston at the weekend to watch the Everton defender in action for Argentina against Venezuela in the Copa America quarter-final tie (click here to read more).

"He's a good player and we've known him well for a long time, but we're not going to sign him this summer,” Fernandez told ESPN FC.

Referee Robert Madley shows a red card to Everton's Ramiro Funes Mori

Good news for Everton?

Fernandez’s comments should be welcomed by Everton fans for two main reasons.

From the Barcelona sporting director’s comments, it is clear that the Spanish and European giants hold the defender in high regard.

The 25-year-old, who can play as a centre-back or as a left-back, did not have a great 2015-16 season, but there were some encouraging signs.

Sunderland's Fabio Borini shoots at goal past the challenge of Everton's Ramiro Funes Mori

The defender scored four goals and created six chances in 28 Premier League appearances for Everton last season.

Mori had a pass accuracy of 84% and a shot accuracy of 41%, and won 76 headers, 11 dribbles and 32 tackles.

The second reason why Everton fans should welcome Fernandez’s comments is that they suggest that the Merseyside outfit do not have to fear about Barcelona making a move for the former River Plate defender.

Barcelona won the 2015-16 La Liga title and will feature in the Champions League next season.

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