Everton show interest in Ivan Fresneda

Everton have entered the race for a defensive rising star…

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That’s according to AS (via Sport Witness), who claim the Toffees and Newcastle United are among a host of sides chasing Real Valladolid youngster Ivan Fresneda.

The 18-year-old has earned himself a growing list of admirers and is considered “one of the most promising young talents” as noted by the report.

However, boasting a €30m (£26m) release clause, that could rise to €45m (£39m) should he continue playing games for the senior side.

As such, Kevin Thelwell will either want to act immediately or not at all.

Coleman masterclass

Although the price tag might be a far cry, this deal could draw similarities with their masterclass deal to bring in Seamus Coleman, with another promising young full-back arriving.

Signed for just £60k in 2009, sparking his infamous song, he has featured 393 times for the Merseyside outfit and remains the club captain having arrived as a plucky 20-year-old.

During this time he announced himself as one of the league’s best full-backs, with his combined performance with Leighton Baines during the 2013/14 season earning particular praise.

Across that campaign the now 34-year-old would score six times and assist twice, helping his side achieve an unprecedented fifth-place finish.

Although Fresneda only has nine senior appearances for his club, there is a belief that the teenage sensation, who is only two years younger than Coleman when he joined, could be the next big thing coming out of Spain.

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Despite his youth, he is averaging a 7.02 Sofascore rating alongside an impressive 1.5 key passes per game.

He pairs this with 1.3 interceptions, 2.5 tackles and 2.8 clearances per game too (via Sofascore).

It is clear that there is a phenomenal player just waiting to be nurtured, which is supported by the fact that Josse van Bakel labelled him a “great talent”.

Do Everton need Fresneda?





With Nathan Patterson having already impressed in the place of their Irish captain, they will soon need someone to replace the ageing defender completely when he confirms his retirement.

In Fresneda, the Toffees could form one of the best young right-back pairings in the league, ensuring the future remains bright even if their talismanic leader departs.

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