Real Betis open talks with Leeds United to seal permanent Marc Roca transfer
Real Betis have opened talks with Leeds United to seal the permanent transfer of Marc Roca already, according to Gonzalo Tortosa.
The Spanish El Chiringuito journalist, taking to his personal Twitter account (21 November) has reported that Betis are marking the deal a priority and that talks are progressing well.
Roca is incredibly well integrated into the first team at Betis and has had an excellent start to the campaign both in La Liga and in the Europa League, playing in all 17 of their games in all competitions and scoring twice.
Tortosa writes: “Real Betis has already started negotiations to sign Marc Roca.
“For the club, it is a priority to close it sooner rather than later. The operation is going very well.”
Leeds United paid a large fee to bring Roca to Elland Road from Bayern Munich, initially paying the German giants a fee of £10million [Sky Sports] and he departed Yorkshire on loan this summer after only 12 months in England following relegation to the Premier League.
It is believed that the Spaniard is “so attached” to his new surroundings it is like he has already been with Manuel Pellegrini’s side for longer than just a few months.
Betis opening talks to seal his permanent transfer was always on the cards but the Whites will clearly be trying to drive a high price given Roca’s age, profile and contract status at Elland Road.
It makes the world of sense for Leeds United to ensure they get the best out of any deal for the Spaniard, and the ball remains in Real Betis’ court over whether they are willing to match the Whites’ price tag.
All roads are certainly leading to Roca’s exit in West Yorkshire and several of the Leeds United faithful will also be shouting good riddance.
Even if Betis aren’t able to afford the transfer, there will be other teams keen to secure the 26-year-old’s services.
In other Leeds United news, Danish media have slammed Rasmus Kristensen for his int’l display describing the defender as a “goblin”