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Granada are preparing to lose talismanic goalkeeper Rui Silva when his contract expires in July amid interest from Everton, according to AS.

It is hard to believe that Granada were only promoted to La Liga less than two years ago.

Because, as it stands, Diego Martinez’s overachievers are sitting seventh in Spain’s top flight while preparing to do battle with Napoli in the Europa League knock-out stages.

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It has been one hell of a rise for the Rojiblancos; one that might not have been possible without the gravity-defying performances of their 26-year-old goalkeeper.

Rui Silva was arguably the most reliable shot-stopper in Spain last season – well, outside the big three of Jan Oblak, Thibaut Courtois and Marc Andre Ter-Stegen. He has maintained that stunning form in 2020/21 as well, saving three out of the four penalties he has faced including a last-gasp Paco Alcacer spot-kick during the dramatic 2-2 draw with Villarreal.

A one-season wonder he is most certainly not.

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Unfortunately for Granada, Silva is out of contract in the summer.

And there is an acceptance now that the former Portugal U21 international will soon be departing the Nuevo los Carmenes on a free transfer.

Spanish publication Ideal reported a few weeks ago that Everton had offered Silva a deal at Goodison Park.

In theory, the former Nacional ace would succeed the Roma loanee Robin Olsen on the blue half of Merseyside.

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