Everton have joined Newcastle United in the race to sign Real Betis midfielder Fabian Ruiz, according to El Confidential.
The midfielder has seemingly attracted attention from English shores due to his impressive displays in La Liga.
Dani Ceballos used to be Betis’ main man in the middle of the park, but since his move to Real Madrid last summer, Ruiz has stepped up.
So far this season, the 21-year-old has started 12 league matches and come off the bench in a further four.
Ruiz, who started just three top-flight games last season, has contributed two goals and three assists.
According to El Confidencial, Everton recently sent scouts to watch the midfielder, while Newcastle also have an interest in the player.
Estadio Deportivo reports that Ruiz’s current release clause is at £13m, but due to the interest surrounding him, the club want to increase it to £35m.
A major factor will be cost and whether or not Betis hike up the player’s current valuation.
Everton have money in the bank, but they already have a flooded midfield.
Even though Ruiz has shown that he can compete at the top level, it is likely that he will have to fight his way into Sam Allardyce’s first XI.
For Newcastle, the main sticking point will be financial as club owner Mike Ashley is still trying to sell the North-East outfit, which in turn may have affected transfer budget.
Right now, a £13m release clause may be feasible for Newcastle, but if Betis raise it towards the £30m-mark, then it could force the Magpies to walk away.