Betis nearing Braian deal

Real Betis are close to completing the signing of Uruguayan striker Braian Rodriguez from Chilean outfit Huachipato.

Betis boss Pepe Mel has been searching for an attacker to add to his strike force of Ruben Castro, Jorge Molina and Chuli, and appears to have settled on Braian after losing out to Ajax for Barcelona’s Bojan.

Diario de Sevilla claims the 27-year-old has been on Betis’ radar for some time and in recent days the player’s agent is understood to have been at the Benito Villamarin putting the finishing touches to the transfer.

Betis’ coaches are believed to have been impressed with Rodriguez’s showing in the recent Copa Libertadores, where he scored five goals in six games and was one of the outstanding players of the tournament.

Huachipato director of football Konrad Scheel confirmed Los Beticos were interested in the forward.

“We hope to hear from his representative, who is talking to Betis, and if the player asks us permission to travel to Sevilla then we will give it,” said Scheel.

The much-travelled Rodriguez, who was also linked with Universidad de Chile, has been at Huachipato 12 months after previous spells with Union la Calera, Universidad San Martin, Tigre, Penarol, Tacuarembo, Rentistas and Cerro.

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