Ajax winger David Neres has reportedly been learning English amid links to England.
The Brazilian is keen to get a grasp of the language according to UOL Esporte, who also report on the player’s shyness.
Neres has been taking lessons in order to give interviews without the aid of a translator.
The report claims that Neres is keen to improve his English skills because girfriend Kira Winoma lives in London.
Everton are named as the main contenders to snap Neres up this summer, with the Toffees in serious need of fresh impetus in the wide areas.
The speedy winger has been in dazzling form for Ajax having scored 12 goals and made 15 assists so far this season, leading to speculation about a summer move.
Everton will feel encouraged by reports Neres is trying to learn English.
That would certainly suggest that he is preparing himself to leave the Dutch giants.
He would be a major coup for Everton, who need to find an upgrade on the inconsistent Theo Walcott.
Neres is the kind of signing that would fit in with director of football Marcel Brands’ vision for the club, and the Champions League semi-finalist still has years of developing to do before hitting his peak.
He would not come cheap, with others clubs such as Arsenal said to be tracking his progress (The Telegraph).