Nikola Vlasic has told Everton he wants to quit the club permanently this summer, Football Insider understands.
The attacking midfielder, 21, has had an outstanding season on loan with CSKA Moscow and is attracting interest from clubs in Italy, Turkey and France.
An Everton source has told Football Insider the club have been informed of the Croatia international’s desire to leave and director of football Marcel Brands is trying to negotiate his sale.
CSKA are keen to sign Vlasic full-time but are unlikely to meet Everton’s £12million asking price for the player they signed from Hajduk Split for £10million two years ago.
However, the attacker’s stock is high after a fine campaign in which he scored eight goals and supplied seven assists from 31 matches, and lit up the Champions League with three goals in six games in the group stages.
He also has three more years to run on his contract at Everton, giving the club confidence they can secure a profit on his sale.
Vlasic failed to win over Marco Silva in pre-season training last summer and has made just 19 appearances for the Merseysiders since his arrival.