Roma to complete signing of Real Betis goalkeeper Pau Lopez

Real Betis goalkeeper Pau Lopez has arrived in Rome ahead of undergoing a medical at Roma in a deal worth €24m, claim reports.

The Spain international goalkeeper was pictured with a scarf of the Italian club in the capital’s airport on Monday morning, with his transfer nearing completion.

The fee for the transfer will see Los Verdiblancos receive €24m but they will also be given the remaining 50% rights of striker Antonio Sanabria – currently on loan at Genoa, which will boost the ‘real value’ of the deal above €30m, according to El Mundo Deportivo.

Betis will immediately reinvest the money received for the goalkeeper to sign Espanyol striker Borja Iglesias and Rayo Vallecano full-back Alex Moreno, the report adds.

The 24-year-old made 35 first-team appearances for Los Verdiblancos last season having joined on a free transfer from Espanyol last summer.

Lopez has emerged as one of the best goalkeepers in Spain’s top-flight and indeed is third choice at international level behind England-based Kepa Arrizabalaga and David De Gea.

Giovani Lo Celso, Sergio Canales and Junior Firpo are other Betis stars whose future is unclear.

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