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Roma On Verge Of Signing Pau Lopez

Pau Lopez Roma

Real Betis goal keeper Pau Lopez is expected to join AS Roma today after completing a medical with the Serie A side.

The Spanish international has been omitted from the Real Betis squad for pre-season training, as he negotiates personal terms, after the La Liga side accepted a €28m fee for the former Espanyol stopper.

According to reports from Sky Italia this weekend, the deal includes a €20m fee up front for Lopez, as well as €7.5m to transfer the remaining 50% of ownership rights for Real Betis midfielder Antonio Sanabria after he joined the club in 2016.

Lopez signed a five-year deal at the Estadio Benito Villamarin at the start of the 2018-19 campaign, being released from Espanyol, and he made 33 La Liga.

Roma have been searching for a new goalkeeper since selling Alisson Becker to Liverpool last summer. His replacement, Robin Olsen first season in Roma can accurately be described as a failure for Roma for a variety of reasons. First, Olsen has reportedly still not learned Italian, leading to a lack of communication between the Swede and his defense. Second, his form was poor enough last season to warrant fellow new signing Antonio Mirante take over the starting goalkeeper spot, not what you want to happen when you drop €12 million on an attempted replacement for Alisson.