Everton fans probably remember some of the rumours which linked the club to Brazilian wonderkid Reinier during the summer.
It had first been claimed that the Toffees had an agreement to sign the teenager for €40m. Then it was said a €30m bid had actually been rejected by Flamengo, before doubt was thrown on the whole thing.
Now it turns out that once the 17-year-old started playing regularly for the first team, Flamengo realised they should wait a little until they analyse the offers for him.
Even in a team full of stars, Reinier has been doing pretty well lately. That’s why Flamengo fought the Brazilian FA, blocking him from joining the U23 national team this month. Their attitude ended up being worth it, since he scored a late winner in an away match against Fortaleza on Wednesday night.
His form is even getting attention from the Spanish media today, where AS brings a story saying the youngster has been ‘aiming high’ with his recent performances.
Back in September, after all those reports about bids, it was claimed that Flamengo are only letting him go in case the €70m release clause is triggered.
Now considering the potential he’s been showing in the past month, it seems it will be indeed hard to take him from Brazil for a cheap price. Perhaps not €70m, but at least half of that will certainly be needed.
If Everton interest is real, waiting may not be the best idea.