£16m release clause appealing to both Anfield and Etihad Stadium camps.
Manchester City and Liverpool are looking to sign Real Betis star Benat Exteberria, according to Spanish sports daily AS.
The 25 year-old has a release clause in his contract which amounts to €20 million, or approximately £16m, which could prove tempting to either English club.
Benat is typically deployed as a deep-lying playmaker, and attempts to dictate play from just in front of the defence.
Still, he very much involves himself in his side’s attacking play when he can too, bursting forward with late runs into the box and grabbing himself the odd goal.
Benat has scored three times in his 13 La Liga appearances for Real Betis, and supplied his team-mates with five assists.
His delivery from set pieces has been a key reason for his team’s fine form this season, and Real Betis are riding high in fifth – only separated from UEFA Champions League surprise package Malaga CF on goal difference.
The question is, where would he fit in to either Man City’s or Liverpool’s side?
Liverpool are well stocked in central midfield, and have Lucas Leiva as the destroyer and Joe Allen as the man to calmly build attacks, while Steven Gerrard plays the longer balls to the wingers and Luis Suarez up front.
Manchester City seem to be stockpiling central midfielders in case of some kind of disease outbreak that only targets players in that position.
Perhaps Benat is merely looking for improved terms in his current contract negotiations.
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