Everton and Wolves could be handed a second chance to sign defender Diego Llorente after both showed interest in the centre back last summer.
Noticias de Gipuzkoa report on the Spaniard’s future at Real Sociedad today and claim the 26-year-old is thinking about his future at the club.
They explain that having turned down the chance to leave last summer, the defender now thinks it’s time to ‘rethink his future’.
Monaco are at the front of the queue for his signature, with coach Roberto Moreno a big fan and ready to present an offer to La Real to take him away.
They were keen in January and made a €20m bid on the final day of the transfer window, but this was rejected as Real Sociedad did not have time to find a replacement.
Their interest has not gone away, though and as soon as the season is over, they will make another ‘sweet proposal’ to get their man.
However, they could face competition from the Premier League, chiefly Wolves, who were also interested in Llorente in the past.
They made a ‘concrete proposal’ last summer, but it was not enough to convince either Real Sociedad or the player, who decided it was not the right time to move his family.
Everton have never made a bid for him, but their interest is ‘long-standing’ and, according to Noticias de Gipuzkoa this interest from the Premier League ‘has not waned’ and their belief is another bid could come in the coming months.
Everton, in particular, are known to be on the hunt for a new centre back, while Wolves’ preference of a back three means they are also on the hunt for extra players in that position.
Should either club look to make a move they will have to negotiate with La Real, who are likely to demand a significant sum for a player who has a €50m release clause in his contract, a ‘nobody plans to pay’.