Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has been convinced that Christian Atsu will get enough first-team football at Everton to justify a season-long loan switch that will be signed and sealed before the start of the season, according to The Mirror.
Everton have been keen on taking Atsu all summer and have a proven track record of giving promising youngsters the chance to shine on loan, but Mourinho took some persuading that Atsu can get consistent opportunities at Goodison Park ahead of other Premier League options.
Toffees chief Roberto Martinez has finally got his man though, boosting his attacking options and adding to an Everton squad which looks well equipped to challenge at the top end of the table this season.
Everton complete quite a coup
Atsu showed fleeting signs of genuine quality during an erratic World Cup campaign with Ghana and as a result more than 10 teams have expressed an interest in taking the 22-year-old on loan, including Premier League sides Sunderland and Swansea City.
Everton have presented the best option though and Mourinho is prepared to let Atsu join former Blue Romelu Lukaku on Merseyside, with Everton's European campaign adding to a hectic fixture schedule which should provide Atsu with plenty of chances to prove his worth.
What can Everton fans expect?
Primarily a right-winger, Atsu is a pacy, versatile option that looks could prove useful for Martinez this season, particularly as an impact substitute.
Chelsea only signed Atsu from Porto a year ago but sent him straight on loan to Vitesse Arnhem, where he managed five goals and six assists in 26 appearances.
Mourinho has decided there's little chance of Atsu forcing his way into the Chelsea squad at this stage though, which means Martinez has another chance to prove he can use the loan system to his advantage over the next 10 months.
Everton have agreed to pay a loan fee and cover Atsu's wages for the season and are all set to announce the capture of another Chelsea ace, hot on the heels of completing a £25m deal for Romelu Lukaku.
Martinez has certainly shows he means business this summer and has tied down promising starlets John Stones and Ross Barkley to long-term contracts alongside the capture of Lukaku, with Atsu's arrival strengthening the view that Everton's Champions League ambitions need to be taken seriously this season.
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