Club will reject advances from Everton for £13.3 million midfielder

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Everton are already planning to strengthen the side in the summer. The Toffees seem to be targeting reinforcements in the midfield as Benfica midfielder Florentino Luis becomes the latest name to be linked with a move to Goodison Park.

Everton’s fate is still unknown as they hover around the relegation zone. However, two wins out of last three games does offer some hope that Sean Dyche will be able to salvage the season and guide the Toffees to safety.

On the pitch, the Toffees will first aim to secure Premier League football for next season but off the pitch work must go on to find solutions and pathways to strengthen this side. After failing to sign a single player in the January transfer window, Everton have been working on summer transfer targets and evaluating the possible areas of reinforcement.

Everton tracking Benfica midfieder Florentino Luis

The Toffees could lose Tom Davies on a free transfer as the Englishman will see his contract run out at the end of the season and there has been little indication over his renewal. There were clouds of uncertainty over Abdoulaye Doucoure’s contract as his deal also expires at the end of the season but his resurgence under Dyche could mean a contract extension is soon on the cards.

Amadou Onana oozes quality and Chelsea took notice of him in the January window. So did Arsenal. If the Belgian continues to put in rock solid displays, Onana could be the subject to multiple bids from top European clubs.

Everton are already thinking of midfielders and have been linked to Dennis Geiger of Hoffenheim who is set to become a free agent this summer. As per Sport Witness, Everton are now tracking Benfica midfielder Florentino. The 23 year old is a cornerstone in the Benfica midfield and has caught the eye of many clubs across Europe through his steely performances.

As per the report, any advances from Everton or any club will be knocked back by Benfica as they are not in the mood to discuss the future of any of their stars before the summer. The Merseysiders admire Florentino and have even sent scouts to watch the 23 year old in Portugal.

Everton’s scouting department were impressed with Florentino and left with a positive impression. The Portuguese giants are unwilling to get into any sort of negotiations for Florentino and will only address his future or potential transfer in the summer.

He is valued at £13.3 million by Transfermarkt but has a release clause of £106 million. Benfica will push to get the maximum fee in the summer should they decide to sell the Portuguese midfielder. The Toffees could easily be priced out in the race should the big sharks of Europe get involved.

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