Las Palmas director explains reported Everton target Mauricio Lemos' release clause

The 20-year-old only recently signed with Las Palmas.

Everton have been linked with a move for Las Palmas defender Mauricio Lemos this week. Sport suggested that the Toffees were keen to bring him to the club in a £7.8 million deal this summer.

Now the club’s general director Toni Cruz has been quoted by The Sun as offering a rebuke of Barcelona for their interest in the Uruguayan talent – in which he also revealed the whopping release clause any team would need to match in order to lure Lemos away:

“Barca spoke to the player and that has bothered us a little bit but we understand that there are many people involved in the negotiations.

“We believe that there has been a small mistake…I am not going to reveal the amounts or the conditions but we considered that it was not enough to accept it and so we told Barcelona. The relations between the two clubs are fantastic.

“During the January window we got Lemos on loan but with an option to buy him on permanent. Due to his performances he convinced us to activate that option and we also reached an agreement with the player to get his rights. Now he belongs to us and his release clause is set at £23million.”

That is some way off the £7.8 million Everton are said to be preparing.

The Toffees need defensive reinforcements and the 20-year-old is an impressive talent. However, it is unlikely that Everton will be making a move for the player at that price.

Las Palmas are well within their rights to demand such a fee, considering they have only just signed the player themselves.

Originally the centre-back arrived in the Canary Islands on loan from Russian side Rubin Kazan in January but the club soon exercised their purchase option on the player.

Lemos is certainly catching the attention of some big clubs, but Everton would need to pay a substantial fee to bring him in.

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