Real Betis are not interested in selling Luiz Henrique to Everton this month and will not accept any “haggling” over their €18million (£15m) price tag, according to Estadio Deportivo.
The Spanish news source revealed on January 19 that Everton wants a loan until the end of the season with the option to make the move permanent rather than an obligation to do so, so the Toffees will need to work hard to persuade Betis to part ways with the Brazilian.
On January 19, ABC Sevilla reported that Henrique’s group was in favor of moving to Goodison Park and that Everton was offering a loan without a buyout clause.
In an unexpected turn of events, Betis is being tough about its £15 million asking price and will only take a loan that comes with a purchase commitment.
Must sell to buy
The fact that Betis the Spanish side have not found the existing offers for Luiz Henrique convincing suggests a potential opening 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.
Though it’s unclear whether Everton will have that amount of money given their current financial status and the upcoming purchase by 777 Partners, it appears that Betis don’t want that and will expect their £15 million price tag be reached at the loan’s completion at the end of the season.
The Toffees are currently in a sell to buy situation if they want to bolster their roster, and players like Amadou Onana, Abdoulaye Doucoure, and Arnaut Danjuma have already been mentioned as potential targets.
Given their significance to Sean Dyche, the former two will undoubtedly not be let to depart this month, but Danjuma does appear to be a possibility if his limited opportunities don’t improve.
If Danjuma were to leave, that would certainly mean Dyche is well short in attack hence the interest in Henrique.
The Brazilian is a talented player but there are doubts over whether he can quickly impact the Everton attack were he to move and an obligation would mean the Toffees are taking a big risk in signing him. They may have to look closer to home for possible targets right now.