A highly respected youngster learning his trade, Marc Cucurella has already caught the eye of clubs across europe. Everton are now believed to be in the hunt for the left back’s signature.
A major flaw in Everton’s defensive image this season has been the left back position. Cuca Martina was brought to Everton by Ronald Koeman initially as temporary cover for the injured Seamus Coleman. Martina has since been shipped out to left back, mainly due to the emergence of JonJoe Kenny, but also to cover for the injured Leighton Baines as the club currently have no other left back option registered. It’s been a tough watch on most occasions so far this season, as Martina has looked more and more out of depth as the games went on.
However, Sam Allardyce has remained firm with his stance of finding a more suited replacement in this current window, with Marc Cucurella now being thought to be next on his transfer wish list.
Cucurella, 19, has progressed through Spanish football’s youth ranks, making his way to his current stage at Barcelona B. Although Barcelona B are a completely separate team to the FC Barcelona that play at the Nou Camp, they still have that obvious connection when it comes to moving younger players up to a higher standard, something which FC Barcelona are keen to do.
The young left back has shown clear development since joining Barcelona B in 2016, catching the eye of many would be suitors across Europe. Cucurella has already signed two contract extensions in that time, the latest of which is believed to include a €12mil buy-out clause.
Whilst Marc Cucurella made is FC Barcelona first team debut back in October, in 2-2 Copa Del Rey draw away to Real Mucia, the left back has been earmarked for more appearances in the first team going forward. Barcelona’s youth policy, however, when it comes to giving a young player first team experience is usually to loan or sell the player, the latter with a buy back clause (as seen with Gerard Deulofeu). This policy in a large part is down to the quality their first team already have, so game time would be few and far between for any would-be up and comer.
It is understood that Everton would be willing to offer the prospect a lucrative contract and match Barcelona’s buy-out clause of €12mil (£11mil). The crunching point of the deal may well come down to where Cucurella himself see’s his opportunities in the next few years, with Barcelona making no guarantee of getting consistent game time.
Everton’s scouts have been tracking the youngsters progress in the last few weeks and have reported back their thoughts to Steve Walsh and Sam Allardyce. Both Allardyce and Walsh are now readying an official approach, which they are confident will take them to the next stage of negotiations.
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