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Everton are looking to sign Granada goalkeeper Rui Silva in a pre-contract deal this January, despite reports that the Portuguese have already agreed to join Real Betis in the summer.
The 26-year-old has been with Granada since January 2017, coming from Nacional de la Liga NOS. Since then, he has established himself as the club’s number one goalkeeper.
Silva’s contract will expire in the coming months, allowing him to negotiate a contract prior to this January. Betis He appeared to have won the race by signing, and reports surfaced that he had signed with Los Verdiblancos.
However, Sports stadium They now claim that the transfer has not been finalized and that he could still move to another location. Everton is believed to be pushing to bring the goalkeeper to the Premier League.
The Deportivo Stadium claims that the Toffees will be able to offer Silva a higher salary than Betis, although they may have to pay compensation to the La Liga team.
Everton have struggled with goalkeeping in recent years. England’s number one Jordan Pickford has often been highly questionable in goal at club level, with many concerned that he is too error-prone to be a regular player on a team pursuing European football.
Meanwhile, Robin Olsen, who signed the summer loan, has only made four appearances in all competitions since arriving at Goodison Park. He has kept a clean sheet in that time.
Carlo Ancelotti’s team is currently seventh in the Premier League, tied on points with Tottenham Hotspur for fourth place. They will hope to end a 26-year trophy drought as they haven’t lifted a trophy since the 1995 FA Cup.