Everton may have been handed their chance to sign Luiz Henrique from Real Betis, with the Spanish side open to a loan deal for the winger.

That’s according to Estadio Deportivo, who cover the developing race for the 23-year-old and how Everton could still be a part of it.

The Toffees were linked with a move for Henrique earlier this month, but it was made clear there was no fear at Betis over it happening as they didn’t believe Everton could match their demands.

That made plenty of sense as it is well established that the Blues have no money to spend this month as they plough everything into their new stadium and battle Profit and Sustainability breaches.

Director of football Kevin Thelwell has made it clear it will be a slow month, with loan deals the likely option, and now it seems Henrique could fit into that.

According to Estadio, those in charge at Betis have ‘made a decision’ regarding the developing auction for Henrique, making it clear he will only be allowed to leave through a permanent transfer.

However, they are willing to accept any deal that would see him leave on loan with a purchase obligation included for the summer.

That doesn’t work for Spanish sides, who are bound by a salary cap, but it does for other countries and the newspaper states specifically that such a deal would allow suitors to sign the player ‘without breaching Financial Fair Play’.

This deal, or willingness for such a deal, ‘has been communicated’ to the clubs who have asked about the Brazilian. Reports earlier this month indicated Everton were one of them.

Now they do not get a mention here, but it should be noted that reports in France yesterday made it clear Everton were allowing Arnaut Danjuma to leave for Lyon as they had finally found a replacement for him. Luiz Henrique would certainly fit the bill in that regard.

Whether a move is now underway remains to be seen but with Betis open to a loan deal, it would certainly allow Everton to get their man on a deal that won’t impact their finances too much this month.