Everton have reportedly taken a step back in their pursuit for the Flamengo starlet Reinier.
A report from Globo Esporte today claims the Toffees have decided to cool down the negotiations for the 17-year-old for a while.
That doesn’t mean they are giving up on signing the midfielder. What Everton are trying to do is to get him for less than what they’ve initially offered.
The Toffees were supposed to be paying €40m to sign the teenager, but are now set to make a ‘more careful evaluation’ of what he’s really worth.
Reinier’s contract with Flamengo expires in December 2020, and as time runs out for his renewal, the Brazilian club are losing their power of negotiation with the interested sides.
The player is currently protected by a €70m release clause, but that won’t help much since he will be able to sign a pre-contract for any other club in less than a year.
Several Brazilian outlets had reported Everton’s agreement to sign the teenager, but since the deal hadn’t been formalised, the Toffees now get the chance to save a few million.