Wednesday August 14 2019
Espanyol striker Borja Iglesias joining Real Betis

Espanyol striker Borja Iglesias has been pictured in Seville ahead of completing his landmark €28m transfer to Real Betis.

A report in ABC de Sevilla claims the fee will be €20m upfront with an additional but separate €8m payment for the player - the second highest transfer in Betis history behind Denilson, in 1997.

Iglesias, 26, only joined the Catalan club last summer in a €10m deal from Celta Vigo and he netted 20 goals in 43 appearances in his debut season.

A report in ABC de Sevilla last week claimed that “Iglesias is determined to play at Real Betis,” and has rejected other proposals to ensure a move is processed.

He starred under Espanyol boss Rubi, who has subsequently been appointed at Betis and who could prove instrumental in any such deal to the Seville-based club being processed.

“One of the things that I have never doubted is that when make a decision that it was the right one and the one I wanted,” Iglesias told La Voz de Galicia.

“My next destination? The decision is not only mine but that of my family, my friends and, above all, my agents, who know about this - they have a lot to do.”

Everton have also been extensively linked to the in-form striker although in February, he was cited as saying by Diario AS: “I see myself here and there is no reason to think otherwise, I am happy and I have a contract.”

The Galician native netted 23 goals for Real Zaragoza last season on a loan spell while the prior campaign he grabbed 34 goals for Celta’s B team.

However, Espanyol would be powerless to stop Iglesias leaving if his release clause was met and there are greater financial rewards for the player available at the clubs interested.

He is now said to be open to joining Betis, who have already signed striker Juanmi from Real Sociedad and sold Leon to Levante.

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