Both the local Seville media, Estadio Deportivo, and the national sport media, Marca, are covering claims from England that Stoke City want £3m for Marc Muniesa.

In a circle of transfer rumour repetition, the claims from England appeared recycled from earlier Spanish claims, which we covered, which put the price at €3m.

Regardless, whether it’s €3m or £3m, Real Betis apparently can’t afford it. Despite being one of the bigger clubs in Spain, Betis are struggling with finances and FFP, and Seville’s ABC claimed the max they can go to is a paltry €1m.

€3m is a very good price for 24 year old Muniesa, and Betis will know that, but they have very little financial wriggle room. The best plan for them is a loan until the summer when things will be a little easier.

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.”