Despite giving up on Marc Muniesa a couple of times, Real Betis haven’t really given up.

Estadio Deportivo report on Wednesday that the transfer is still a possibility, but once again Stoke City’s asking price is said to be beyond the Seville club. The claimed price has now reduced to £2.5m, which is something of a bargain, but still too much for Betis.

The Spanish club are looking for a loan with a purchase option below that amount, which is largely useless for Stoke. The purchase option gives all the power to Betis, and if Muniesa excelled, they could likely use the option in the summer and sell for much more, should they so wish.

Personal terms between Muniesa and Betis are said to have already been agreed, and the player is ‘lobbying in public and in private’ to get Stoke City to decrease their demands and agree to the move. By that, Estadio Deportivo are referring to an Instagram post from Muniesa of a summer trip to Seville.

Estadio Deportivo say the defender will this week once again ask Mark Hughes and Stoke City to come to an agreement with Real Betis.