Betis sporting vice president Lorenzo Serra Ferrer has confirmed the club are close to signing PSV Eindhoven midfielder Andres Guardado.
The 30-year-old Mexican international wants to ensure his place for his country at next year’s World Cup while Betis Coach Quique Setien reportedly sees him as playing the ‘pivot’ role in central midfield – akin to Roque Mesa at Las Palmas under him.
"He'll give us a lot," Serra Ferrer told reporters ahead of the anticipated €1.5m deal.
"He is a great footballer with an impressive resume. He has chosen Betis as a base to play in his fourth World Cup, which tells you the magnitude and relevance of the player."
Formerly of Deportivo La Coruna and Valencia, Guardado had received a lot of interest from Major League Soccer clubs but his preference was to return to Spain.
Betis have already signed Sergio Leon, Victor Camarasa, Cristian Tello and Antonio Barragan this summer, with a move for Swansea’s Jordi Amat also reportedly close.