Real Betis Firm on £15m Price Tag Amid Everton’s Interest in Brazilian star

Real Betis is standing firm in their decision not to sell Luiz Henrique to Everton this month and will not entertain any “haggling” over their £15m price tag, according to reports from Estadio Deportivo, relays the Goodison.News.

The Spanish news outlet suggests that Everton will face a challenging task in convincing Betis to part ways with the Brazilian player. Everton is reportedly interested in a loan deal until the end of the season with an option to make the move permanent, rather than an obligation to do so.

ABC Sevilla reported on January 19 that Luiz Henrique’s representatives are open to a move to Goodison Park, and Everton is proposing a loan with no buy option. However, in a surprising turn of events, Betis is playing hardball over their £15m price tag and is insisting on a loan deal with an obligation to buy.

The fact that Betis has not found the existing offers for Luiz Henrique convincing could create an opportunity for Everton to strengthen their pursuit. Everton’s preference for a pure loan deal aligns with their strategy to assess the player’s adaptability and impact in the Premier League before committing to a permanent transfer.

However, it appears that Betis is not willing to consider this option and insists that Everton meet their £15m price tag at the end of the loan period. Whether Everton will have the financial means to do so remains uncertain, given their current financial situation and the impending takeover from 777 Partners.

As things stand, Everton finds itself in a “sell to buy” scenario if they want to strengthen their squad. There have already been discussions about interest in players like Amadou Onana, Abdoulaye Doucoure, and Arnaut Danjuma. While the former two are unlikely to leave this month due to their importance to manager Sean Dyche, Danjuma could be a possibility if his limited opportunities don’t improve.

If Danjuma were to leave, it would leave Dyche’s attacking options short, explaining the interest in Luiz Henrique. Although the Brazilian is a talented player, doubts exist over whether he can quickly impact the Everton attack. An obligation to buy would mean the Toffees are taking a significant risk in signing him, prompting speculation that Everton may need to explore other options closer to home for potential targets at this time.