According to Globo Esporte, Everton have taken a step back from their move to sign Flamengo wonderkid Reinier, as they feel they could sign him for a cheaper fee.
The Toffees have added a couple of Brazilian players under Marcel Brands, landing Richarlison and Bernard, but a move for Reinier looked likely over the summer.
UOL noted that Reinier's family expected a move to Everton to go through after talks about a €35million (£32.5million) move, but that may no longer be the case.
It's now claimed that Everton have taken a step back from pursuing the 17-year-old, but they may yet have a cunning plan in mind to get the playmaker.
Everton allegedly want to wait until they've seen more of Reinier in the Flamengo first team in order to make a more informed assessment of him, whilst also feeling they can sign him for cheaper as he approaches the end of his contract in December 2020.
Everton still want Reinier, who has scored five times in nine caps for Brazil's Under-17's, and whilst stalling a move could lead to a bargain move, it may also allow other clubs in.
The Reds have focused on teenagers for the future in recent times, signing Sepp van den Berg and Harvey Elliott, and Reinier certainly fits that kind of recruitment.
He would cost considerably more, but it may be worth exploring a move if Everton are backing away slightly, with Reinier's future now unclear.
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