Real Betis showed firm interest in Ayoze Pérez before Villarreal overtook them last week in the race to sign the Leicester City player.

On January 26th, AS explained the 29-year-old was one step away from joining the Yellow Submarine.

Villarreal were hoping to sign the Leicester player to replace Nicolas Jackson, who was set to join AFC Bournemouth. The latter’s move collapsed and he’s returned to the La Liga side.

Two days ago, El Periódico Mediterráneo reported Jackson’s failure to leave the Spanish club would not impact Pérez’s arrival at the club.

It was also said the Foxes forward had ‘everything agreed’ with Villarreal and was waiting for Brendan Rodgers’ side to give the approval.

There has been a new twist in this case. Cadena Ser journalist Xavi Sidro told Carrusel Deportivo Quique Setién’s side have ‘decided not to sign’ the ex-Newcastle United man in January after they failed offloading Jackson.

Villarreal feel their squad is complete and will rely upon Jackson for the second half of this season.

Pérez has less than six months left on his deal and following this latest development, he is likely to finish the season at Leicester.