Real Betis turned down the advances made by Premier League side Leicester City when they filed an offer for Portuguese midfielder William Carvalho last summer.
Carvalho joined Betis in the summer of 2018 from Portuguese team Sporting CP. The Portugal international came through the Sporting Academy and was linked to a move to the Premier League for a long time before finally leaving Lisbon for La Liga.
The 28-year-old defensive midfielder started the season with an unusually hot run in front of goal, scoring two goals in the first three games of the season.
Last summer, Leicester had close ties with Carvalho. In Portugal, it was even stated that he would sign for Brendan Rodgers’ outfit, and others suggest he has already agreed terms with the club. However, Betis turned down Leicester’s € 20 million offer, according to Spanish publication La Razon.
Betis paid an entry fee of 16 million in 2018. € for Carvalho and agreed to a deal that included add-ons worth 4 million. € included. La Liga were not ready to break even in the takeover of Carvalho, whose contract in Andalusia expires in 2023.
In the end, Leicester didn’t add any reinforcement for midfield in the previous window. Instead, the Foxes decided to bolster their defenses with Timothy Castagne from Atalanta and Wesley Fofana from Saint-Etienne, while Cengiz Under was loaned out by Roma to provide another option to attack.
Leicester may have missed Carvalho this summer, but Benfica – a strong rival to their former side Sporting – have recently shown interest in the 6’2 midfield pivot, according to the same report.
Benfica, led by Carvalho’s former manager at Sporting Jorge Jesus, didn’t hide his interest, saying: “He’s worked under my orders for a number of years and I know what he’s worth. He’s a great player and as a Benfica coach I like great players. ”
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