Betis to sign Napoli midfielder?

Real Betis will reportedly complete the signing of Napoli’s Spanish midfielder David Lopez for €5m this week.

According to Estadio Deportivo, Lopez will put pen to paper on a four or five-year contract with Betis after the Andalusians spent the weekend closing the deal.

The only detail left to be settled is how Betis will meet Napoli’s €5m asking price, with Los Verdiblancos currently proposing an initial €3m plus variables.

The 26-year-old joined Napoli from Espanyol in the summer of 2014 as one of Rafa Benitez’s Spanish imports but appeared in less than half-as-many minutes last season.

Lopez was also an unused substitute during Napoli’s friendly against Monaco on Sunday, despite the imminent nature of his departure.

Betis have targeted Benjamin Stambouli in the event that Lopez does not arrive, although Estadio Deportivo claims a deal for the Paris Saint-Germain midfielder would prove “twice as expensive”.

The former Tottenham Hotspur man played in PSG’s Super Cup victory over Lyon on Saturday but is reportedly about to be told by Unai Emery that he can leave the club.

The French giants are said to be demanding 10m for Stambouli, and Betis could yet sign him on a season-long loan with a purchase option, although they face competition from Schalke.

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