Reports in Spain claim Real Betis midfielder Victor Camarasa is in ‘advanced talks’ with English club Brighton and Hove Albion.
Having only joined the Andalucian club during the summer, it would be surprising to see the midfielder leave in January. After a terrific spell with Alaves on loan last season, Betis bought the midfielder from Levante for €7 million.
According to a report by ABC de Sevilla, the Spaniard is believed to be close to agreeing a move to the Premier League side for €10 million. Camarasa has started 11 of the 20 La Liga matches this season for Los Verdiblancos. Fabian Ruiz has been preferred of late but that shouldn’t take away from Camarasa’s value in the squad.
Quique Setien is clearly trying to build a team and the board have backed him in the market so far. The summer market saw no less than 10 new players come to the club. This January has seen Real Betis linked with a number of other players too including Miguel Layun. The Mexico international has seemingly decided to join arch-rivals Sevilla instead however.
Selling Camarasa in the middle of this effort of growth for such a low figure goes against everything the club is trying to do. European football is an achievable target for Betis next season and keeping a player with the quality of Camarasa is vital to this effort.
Brighton would certainly be getting a decent player should they push the transfer through. A club struggling for goals this season would benefit from Camarasa’s qualities. The six foot midfielder is great at arriving on the end of crosses from deep. As well as running with the ball at his feet, the 23 year old is very a comfortable passer; achieving an 87.4% passing accuracy this season.
Due to Real Betis looking to improve their squad, they may be tempted should a significantly higher offer come in for their No. 8. Camarasa is only 23 in an ageing squad; his value in age alone would indicate against this transfer going through. Betis are open to selling some of their players in order to raise funds for further recruitment however.