Everton Launch £25 Million Bid: Dyche Prioritizes Defensive Midfield Reinforcement

Everton have initiated their summer transfer activity with a £25.5 million bid for Portuguese midfielder Florentino Luis from Benfica, according to journalist Antonio Pereira in Correio de Manha, writes the GoodisonNews.

Benfica President Seeks Higher Valuation

The report states that Benfica president Rui Costa is seeking a higher fee, with an additional £8.5 million desired to reach an agreement. Florentino, a 24-year-old defensive midfielder, is a key target for manager Sean Dyche as he looks to bolster his squad. The player featured in 38 competitions for the Liga Portugal runners-up this past season.

Dyche Prioritizes Defensive Midfield Reinforcement

Pereira highlights Costa’s intention to receive a total of £34 million for Florentino. While Benfica is open to negotiations, they seek a price they consider fair. Florentino’s contract extends until 2027, and his release clause is set at a much higher €120 million.

Dyche and his recruitment team are actively seeking a deep-lying midfielder to solidify the core of the Everton squad. Names like Wilfred Ndidi and Ao Tanaka have also been linked with the Toffees, while Amadou Onana’s potential departure has further emphasized the need for reinforcements in this area.

Florentino’s Profile Fits Everton’s Needs

Florentino’s age and experience, including appearances for Portugal’s U21 team, make him an attractive option. A move to the Premier League could also boost his chances of earning a senior international cap.

Everton Faces Financial Constraints

While Florentino appears to be available for the right price, Everton’s financial situation adds another layer to the negotiations. The club reportedly anticipates losing at least one valuable player before the season starts to comply with Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations.

The potential signing of Florentino Luis would undoubtedly be welcomed by Everton fans. However, negotiations with Benfica are likely to continue before a transfer is finalized, with the Toffees needing to manage their spending carefully in the upcoming window.