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Espanyol captain David Lopez close to joining Real Betis

Espanyol captain David Lopez is set to be the first player to leave the club following their La Liga relegation.

The 30-year-old defensive midfielder is in advanced talks to join Real Betis, according to Diario AS.

Betis, now coached by Manuel Pellegrini, tried to sign Lopez in the 2016-17 season when he left Napoli.

Lopez passed a medical with the Andaulsian club before Espanyol interfered and re-signed their homegrown star.

He is one of Espanyol’s top five earners and knowing this is his last chance to get a good contract, isn’t willing to lower his salary to stay at the club.

Having not qualified for Europe and facing a summer of austerity, Betis see Lopez as a good signing.

Lopez will only command a small transfer fee, certainly much less than the €5.5m that Napoli paid Espanyol for him in 2016.

In his two spells for the Catalan club, Lopez has made 181 appearances, scoring 11 goals.

SourceDiario AS

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