Sevilla appear to have been edged out by La Liga rivals Valencia in the bid to sign Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi.
Los Rojiblancos’ director of football Joaquin Caparros had indicated that the Andalusians would wait until the last minute to bring in the forward that boss Pablo Machin wants, but Mundo Deportivo reports that the Belgium international has opted for Champions League football with Valencia next season.
Caparros and Sevilla President Jose Castro had made the 24-year-old a priority and were even prepared to pay a high price to bring the player in on a season-long loan.
However, the fact Los Che are able to offer Batshuayi football in Europe’s premier competition has weighed heavily in their favour.
Reports in England suggest there is still a slight chance he could remain in London, although Mundo Deportivo have it that he is on his way to Spain.
Sevilla, meanwhile, will now need to exercise other options, including Andre Silva of Milan and Porto’s Vincent Aboubaker.