Real Betis technical secretary Alexis Trujillo has admitted he is concerned a Premier League side could meet the €8m (£6.2m, $8.9m) release clause of Antonio Adan after reports in Spain linked the goalkeeper with the likes of Liverpool and Sunderland. The club chief, nevertheless, suggests they are ready to reward the number one with a new deal to convince him to stay at the Benito Villamarin stadium.
AS reported earlier in February that a number of Premier League sides have been alerted about the 28-year-old impressive performances this season after discovering his buy-out clause, naming Liverpool, Sunderland and Southampton among the potential candidates to get his services.
Betis missed out on Adrian San Miguel to West Ham United in the summer of 2013 and the report added the club officials were afraid of a similar situation with Adan as his €8m fee would represent an insignificant sum for the Premier League teams, who are expected to take advantage of the new TV deal to splash the cash in the summer.
Questioned during an interview with Radio Marca about the reports linking Adan with a move to the Premier League, the Betis technical secretary said: "His €8m clause makes him a very attractive [signing for other clubs} because he is a really good goalkeeper.
"The truth is that I am concerned about it and I wish he has a higher clause but now we have to think just about today's situation of the club. We have to look calm to avoid the relegation and if we have to talk with him or his agents [about a new deal] we could speak.
"We renewed him recently and there have been good feelings by all parties. People understand each other by talking and if everyone is beneficiated [with a new deal] we could discuss it."
"Adan was on the first players I met when I arrived Betis in a difficult moment for the club. He was the first player who saw me a full involvement to turnaround the last year situation [with the club in the second division]. He has a terrible confidence in himself and gives calmness to the rest of the team because he is enjoying a great moment."
The club technical secretary also hopes the 'keeper will be rewarded with a Spain call-up for Euro 2016, having proven to be one of the sensations of La Liga this season by becoming the goalkeeper with the most saves in the league.