On Tuesday we covered claims from Seville that Betis are very confident in their chances of signing Carles Gil, and that the player is ‘very excited’ about the potential transfer.

Gil spent last season on loan at Deportivo La Coruna from Aston Villa, and the Spanish side had wanted another loan, or a permanrnt transfer at a token fee. Betis being keen on a permanent deal straight-off put them ahead in the race.

Local Seville newspaper Estadio Deportivo has an update. It’s reported the Aston Villa owned playing is ‘dreaming’ of wearing the verdiblanco colours, and it’s reiterated the player has an ‘agreement in principle’ to join Betis this summer.

But Deportivo won’t accept they’re dead in this one, add Estadio Deportivo. Pepe Mel, Depor coach, calls the player ‘almost daily’ to convince him that moving from Aston Villa to Galicia is better than to Andalusia.

Despite the telephone calls, Depor are still looking at a loan, and with Aston Villa obviously preferring a permanent transfer, and asking for around £4m, Betis are favourites.

What Aston Villa really don’t want to happen is for Gil, talked into it by former West Brom boss Mel, to simply refuse to move anywhere else than Depor. The Seville press don’t think that will be a problem.