Espanyol need an economic boost to sign former Barça player Sergi Gómez

BarcelonaThe fragility shown by Espanyol’s defense in the first two friendlies of the pre-season has accelerated negotiations for the signing of a center-back. The most advanced option, he said La Grada, is the defender of Arenys de Mar Sergi Gómez, currently at Sevilla. As ARA has learned from sources close to the footballer, Espanyol’s interest is real and he would sign for the next three seasons, until 2024. By then, the defender will be 32 years old.

Negotiations are well advanced, but not nearly closed. The Andalusian team is reluctant to let him go when he still has one year left on his contract. Sevilla paid 5.5 million for him three years ago now, and would like to recoup some of the investment made. At the moment, however, Espanyol cannot meet the financial demands of Sevilla or the player, as the white-and-blue club still exceeds the salary margin allowed by the League, a scenario that could change the next few days.

In order to unblock this negotiation, the Spanish-speaking entity needs to close some of the commercial agreements it has advanced, get a boost in the membership campaign or, which would be more appropriate, find a way out of one of the transferables. The Spanish entity is confident that a combination of these alternatives will help it to be back with a positive salary margin, a circumstance that would allow it to face the operation of the plant.

Of course, neither Sergi Gómez is the only option considered by Espanyol nor Espanyol is the only option studied by the defender, who has other offers. The Tito team, which now has three natural centers, considers it a very interesting present alternative that would ensure immediate performance and would not need a process of adaptation to the League, as it has always played in Spanish clubs. Trained in the Barça squad, he only played one match with the first team, the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup against Sevilla in 2010. In 2014 he signed for Celta, and four years later, in 2018, he landed in the Sánchez Pizjuán.

His physique (1.85 meters) and the ability he has in the ball from behind are two qualities that Espanyol values ​​very positively. It also helps to be right-handed (Cabrera and Calero are left-handed) and the experience gained in the elite (more than 316 games as a professional, including 165 in the Primera and 19 in the Europa League), superior to that of other younger defenders such as Lluís López (24 years old) or Calero (25). A central, therefore, that fits within the salary mass of the club and also sportingly. Its incorporation, in addition, would allow to advance David Lopez in the middle of the field, since the group would have four natural power stations.

They became interested in 2019

Espanyol’s interest in this player is not new, as in 2019 he asked for him before ending up signing Fernando Calero for 8 million. At the time, Sergi Gómez preferred to stay at Sevilla, where he felt an important part. He played 48 games in his first year in the Andalusian team, but the addition of Diego Carlos and Jules Koundé that same summer took away a lot of prominence. In the 2019-20 season, his presence was limited to 21 games, while in 2020-21 he barely played 16. Two years later, he sees with a good eye a change of air that will allow him to regain specific weight. .

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