Everton will reportedly hold off on any deal to bring in Flamengo midfielder Reinier, in the hope of reducing the cost, according to reports.
It was suggested by Esporte Interativo and numerous other sources in Brazil last month that Everton had secured a deal to sign the talented teenager in January. The report claimed Everton would pay £36.7 million to bring the player in after he turned 18 in January.
Now it appears that is not the case. As reported by Globo Esporte, no documents were ever sent by Everton regarding a deal.
Instead, the Toffees are now playing a waiting game, in the hope that Flamengo’s valuation of the player goes down. Reinier, who recently made his pro debut in a Copa Libertadores clash with Emelec, is out of contract in December 2020.
The report claims Flamengo want to tie the teenage talent to a new deal, until 2024, in January but there is said to be ‘no advanced negotiations’ regarding such an extension.
Everton have clearly earmarked the Brazilian under-17 star as a potential class act and are right to be keeping tabs on him.
The previous reports of a massive deal to sign a player who had yet played a professional senior game always seemed far-fetched. This new approach is far more sensible as Everton can now see how Reinier performs in a first-team setting.
The only problem is other interested parties. It appears Everton are at the front of the queue, however, as reported by the Daily Mail, Manchester City, AC Milan, Barcelona, Borussia Dortmund and local rivals Liverpool are also keen.
The previously reported ‘deal’ suggested Everton were trying to get Reinier in before other clubs stomped on their plans. Hopefully, a digression from that tactic does not prove costly in Everton’s pursuit.