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Everton target Rui Silva will leave Granada on a free transfer at the end of the season after deciding against renewing his contract with the La Liga outfit, sporting director Fran Sanchez told One Football.

With Jordan Pickford and Robin Olsen sharing goalkeeping duties between them this season, it seems the future of the number one jersey at Goodison Park is up for grabs.

Especially with Silva, one of Europe’s most underrated shot-stoppers, tipped to swap the Nuevo los Carmenes for the blue half of Merseyside when his contract comes to an end in July.

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Estadio Deportivo reports that Everton are interested in the 26-year-old Portuguese; the star man of a Granada team who have gone from Spain’s second tier to the Europa League knock-out stages in the blink of an eye.

Granada were understandably keen to tie Silva, a penalty-saving specialist, down to fresh terms. But, after months of negotiations, it seems they have now accepted defeat.

“Until the last moment we tried, but a few weeks ago his representative told us that he was not going to renew,” Sanchez explained.

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“While Rui wears the Granada shirt, I defend him to death. His commitment is one of honour from the first day he arrived. He is giving an extraordinary performance and we will enjoy it until the last day he is in Granada.”

Marca suggested recently that Barcelona presidential candidate Victor Font had identified Silva as a cut-price addition to Ronald Koeman’s squad.

But, with Joan Laporta currently the clear favourite to take over from Josep Maria Bartomeu, the likelihood of a potential move to the Camp Nou remains uncertain.

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