Roberto Martinez has reportedly approached both Barcelona and winger Cristian Tello regarding a summer move – with the Everton boss confident of beating Liverpool for his signature thanks to the close relationship between both clubs.
Brendan Rodgers is also a long-term admirer of the youngster, having made approaches about securing his services in the last two transfer windows.
The Liverpool manager is still on the market for a winger after failing to strike a deal for both Mohamed Salah and Yevhen Konoplianka during the January transfer window.
However, Catalan-Based newspaper Mundo Deportivo reports that Everton are trying to take advantage of the good relationship between the clubs to outbid the Reds for his signature.
La Liga giants are very happy about how the Everton manager treated Gerard Deulofeu during his loan spell at Goodison Park – and Martinez believes Tello could be the perfect replacement for the Barcelona player.
The 22-year-old Spanish international played a peripheral role at the Camp Nou last season and he is expected to be part of the huge clear-out expected at the club after a season without silverware.
The club are looking to funding moves for new additions and according to the reports in Spain are willing to part ways with Tello for just €10m (£8m).
Nevertheless, the Merseyside club face a stiff competition for the Barcelona star as both Portuguese giant Porto and Valencia are also monitoring his situation - while Arsenal and Tottenham have also been linked with his services in recent months.
Tello admitted his frustration last season about his lack of appearances since Neymar's arrival at the Nou Camp opening the door to a move away from La Liga.
"If I do not play as much as I would like, I will think about leaving. To take that step will be pretty difficult, but I believe each person must evaluate their own role. As the years pass by you want your role to change and to have more minutes," Tello said.