The Liverpool Echo has reported that Sevilla manager Unai Emery’s buyout clause will drop dramatically at midnight on Wednesday – and could pave the way for Everton to make their move.
The 44-year-old has been strongly linked with the vacant managerial position at Goodison Park in recent days, and speculation over his future is only set to intensify over the next 24 hours.
A release clause in Emery’s current deal at Sevilla states that he is allowed to talk to interested clubs if the eight million euro (£6.14m) fee in his contract is met.
However, as of June 1, that fee is set to fall to two million euros (£1.54m), according to Spanish radio station Canal Sur – a reduction of 75% – and could entice interested parties to make their move for Emery.
That group of clubs includes the Toffees, and majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri may have been waiting for the right time and date to pounce for the three-time Europa League winner.
Ex-Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini was rumoured to be interested in signing a two-year deal with Everton on Tuesday, but Emery could contest the Chilean for the managerial hot-seat on Merseyside if those rumours surrounding his release clause are proved correct.
Everton have been without a manager since Roberto Martinez was sacked almost three weeks ago, and have cast their net far and wide in search of his successor.
Former Everton boss David Moyes, Southampton manager Ronald Koeman and Ex-Ajax head coach Frank de Boer have also been linked with the position in L4.