Marc Muniesa to Real Betis is very much back. There are several reports around the Seville media, and ABC say the deal could be done in the January window.

Muniesa hasn’t had the prominence at Stoke City this season that he would have wished for, although things did seem to get better recently. The player is happy where he is, but if Stoke accept an offer then it’s likely he’d also be content with a return to Spain.

ABC say Stoke want a straight deal at around €3m, which sounds like a bargain, but Betis apparently can’t afford more than €1m in the January transfer window so would prefer a loan until the end of the season.

Real Betis are one of the bigger clubs in La Liga but simply don’t have finances to compare to the Premier League, so Muniesa would likely have to take a pay cut if he makes the move.

In December Muniesa was quizzed in Spain on a potential transfer to Betis, and said: “We spoke to Miguel Torrecilla in August, but Stoke didn’t want to let me leave then. I like the idea of going to Betis. I’ve watched all of their games since then.

“I’m from Lloret de Mar and in my people there are many betícos friends who tell me about the club, tell me to sign for Betis… It has always attracted me a lot, I’ve already played there with Barça B some years ago and I was delighted with the stadium and the people.”