Toffees dealt £20m blow in City target pursuit

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Everton and Manchester City appear set to miss out on defender Luisao after the Brazilian signed a new deal with Benfica.

The 30-year-old centre back has been heavily linked with a move to England in recent seasons, with both Roberto Mancini and David Moyes keen on the 42-cap international.

Discussions took place in the past between Luisao and Robinho when the playmaker was plying his trade with Manchester City, with original interest from the Etihad Stadium coming before the arrival of Italian manager Mancini.

Everton have also been speculatively linked with a move in the past, although the financial frailties of the Toffees were also likely to be a stumbling block.

Mikel Arteta was sold on deadline day as part of an operation to balance the books at Goodison Park, and Luisao is now out-of-the-reach at Everton after signing a new deal to keep him in Portugal until 2016.


TalkSPORT claims this contract included a £20 million minimum fee release clause, and whilst Manchester City would be able to meet that figure, the Citizens are unlikely to pay such a figure given the former Cruzeiro defender's age.

Enquiries were made from both England and France for the player's services this summer before the new deal was signed, but Manchester City are expected to now take their interest elsewhere.

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