Real Betis have told Chelsea that that they must improve their offer for winger Joaquin if they are to stand a chance of signing the Spanish international.

Betis president Manuel Ruiz de Lopera has confirmed that Chelsea are interested in signing the 23-year-old.

Spanish giants Real Madrid have consistently been linked with a move for the star, however Betis do not believe Real can compete with Chelsea financially.

“Chelsea made me a very big offer, I said no and when they said they wanted to keep on negotiating they changed their coach and it stopped,” explained Ruiz de Lopera.

“But now it seems their new coach (Jose Mourinho) also likes him and we have had a few proposals over lunch. If they raise their offer, one day we are going to say yes.

“I have the feeling that if Joaquin does end up at another club, it might not be Real Madrid, because we have had some offers that maybe Real Madrid can’t match.”