Villarreal to compete with Real Betis for free transfer signing of Brazilian defender

Villarreal manager Marcelino Garcia Toral is demanding new signings this summer, as he aims to get the Yellow Submarine in the fight for European qualification during the 2024-25 season. The main area he hopes to address is in defence, and possible targets are already being drawn up.

According to Revista Colorada (via Marca), Villarreal have presented a contract proposal to Vitao, who is leaving Shakhtar Donetsk when his contract expires at the end of this month. The 24-year-old would earn €9m if it was accepted, and this is more lucrative than the package offered to him by West Ham United (€8m).

Villarreal are also competing with Real Betis, who have been monitoring Vitao since the winter. They are prepared to go to €10m with their contract offer, which would put them ahead in the race for the Brazilian centre-back’s signature.

It remains to be seen whether Villarreal can get their man, although it’s worth noting that there could be complications with Internacional, Vitao’s current loan club.

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