Vital week for the Rafa Mir and Lokonga cases

A new week begins and the Sevilla FC has several issues pending resolution. On the one hand, the incorporation of Sambi Lokonga to the ranks of Sevilla and, on the other hand, the loan of Rafa Mir to Valencia. The departure of the forward is key to another operation, that of Peque. A puzzle that can be solved this week. Negotiations with Arsenal are at the ready and everything seems to indicate that Lokonga will arrive in the capital of Seville in the next few days. Víctor Orta has been negotiating the most sensitive point of this loan, which is the purchase option.

The English club is determined to set a mandatory purchase option of around 15 million eurosan unaffordable amount for Sevilla. The idea of ​​the Sevillian club is to link this purchase to a few variables. The harmony between both entities is good and there is a lot of optimism from those involved in the negotiation. If it is closed, it would be the second summer signing after the arrival of winger Chidera Ejuke. Lokonga would arrive with the aim of replacing Soumaré in the pivot. Sevilla’s midfield is one of the areas that requires the most players this summer.

The Neverending Story

The other pending issue is, as usual, the Rafa Mir’s loanThe striker was close to travelling to Valencia last Thursday night, but the deal was again cut short at the last minute. The player’s agent wanted to include in the agreement that, in the event of a sale, he would take 10 percent. And that is because The representative is considered an intermediary of the operationwhile Sevilla and Valencia consider him to be the player’s representative and this percentage is much higher than usual. That is why Sevilla is not willing to accept this condition, since they consider that the five million euros set in the purchase option is a figure set at a low level. In addition, the Seville club has agreed to assume the amortization of the player, while Valencia will assume his salary.

However, according to what this media has been able to find out, there is a certain optimism on all sides that this point will be overcome and the forward will go on loan to Valencia for this 2024-25 season. It is hoped that the representative lowers his claims and stipulate a percentage well below the requested 10 percent.

Little one, waiting

While the mess is being sorted out, Peque waits patiently for the exits to be unblocked. Sevilla FC The club cannot bring him in until it has at least one more exit secured. The agreement with the player is complete and the sports management has agreed the payment with Racing de Santander. However, the surplus of players complicates things. In addition to the discards recognised by the club (Januzach, Jordan and Marcao) are added to the players who have joined after their loans ended (Oscar Rodriguez, Montiel, Delaney and Augustinsson). Orta has to find a place for them elsewhere, to reduce wage bills and free up staff. Gattoni has been the first to leave, leaving last week for River Plate with a purchase option of around three million euros.

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