Chelsea winger Christian Atsu has agreed to join Everton on a season-long-loan deal according to reports.
Speaking after his side's 3-1 defeat to Celta Vigo, Everton manager, Roberto Martinez, suggested that he was in the market for a wide man: "Wide player is the position we want to bring in but in terms of names, it is too early to mention to our fans."
Atsu is thought to be have been the player Martinez had in mind when he made such comments.
Indeed, the club have been interested in the winger for some time. They were thought to be close to an agreement with the player earlier in the month, but the deal stalled because Atsu could not be guaranteed regular first team football. The Daily Mail are reporting that these problems have been "ironed out" and the deal should be completed in due course.
22-year-old Atsu is a highly rated Ghanaian international who spent last season on loan with Vitesse in the Eredivisie. In 30 games for the club, he managed a total of five goals and six assists.
His club manager, Jose Mourinho, is believed to be pleased with what he saw from the wide-man but, with the wealth of talent available to the Portuguese coach, Atsu has someway to go before he can break through at Stamford Bridge.
A move to Champions League chasing Everton appears to be the best option for the former Porto man. Last season, they agreed a similar work experience loan with Barcelona for the highly regarded Deulofeu. He has since made his debut for the Spanish national side and is now fighting for a place in the Barcelona starting line up.
Should the deal not go through, Atsu may seek a move move to La Liga or the Bundesliga.
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