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Everton chase deal for Chelsea winger

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Everton have made in enquiry into the availability of Chelsea's Ghanaian international winger Christian Atsu, according to Sky Sports.

Atsu, labelled 'The African Messi', impressed with his performances at the World Cup in Brazil despite his country's exit at the group stages.

He also enjoyed a fruitful loan spell at Vitesse Arnhem last season following his arrival at Stamford Bridge from Porto last summer. Everton had been credited with an interest in the 22-year-old prior to his move to London but were unable to secure a deal.

Loan deal

It is believed, however, that he would now be interested in a move to Goodison Park, likely to be a temporary loan deal.

Chelsea are also thought to welcome the chance for Atsu to gain Premier League experience away from the club, where he is behind a number of stars in the pecking order, including Eden Hazard, Willian, Andre Schurrle and Mohamed Salah.

Toffees track record

Roberto Martinez's track record of developing young talent is also likely to be a factor working in Everton's favour; the Spaniard has nurtured the likes of Gerard Deulofeu, England international Ross Barkley, Tom Cleverley  and Atsu's Chelsea teammate Romelu Lukaku in recent years.

Everton are also thought to maintain an interest in bringing Lukaku back to the club next season, although the Belgian has indicated that he would prefer to stay and compete for a place at his parent club.

Alternatively, he is likely to seek a move to a Champions League club, with last season's finalists Atletico Madrid among a host of clubs linked with the striker.

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