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Real Betis ready to raid Barcelona for five players this summer – report

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In a massive revelation made by journalist Ferran Martinez, while writing for Mundo Deportivo, it has been learned that Real Betis are ready to raid Barcelona for five players, namely Alex Collado, Arnau Tenas, Pablo Torre, Nico Gonzalez, and Ez Abde.

Barcelona’s good relationship with Ramon Planes has been explained to be the primary reason why Betis are lurking to sign the Catalan club’s talents. Planes, who worked with Barça until last summer, wants to facilitate the transfers as he understands the aforementioned players are more or less out of Xavi’s plans.

Alex Collado, to begin with, has been in talks with Barcelona over an exit for a long time now. The midfielder is expected to leave the team on a free transfer and the club will keep a percentage of the future sale. Right now, Collado’s move to Betis has been accelerated, but it won’t be made official anytime soon.

As far as Tenas is concerned, it is learned that Betis have already established contacts with the player’s agent, Ivan de la Pena, after his Barcelona contract expired on June 30. The Catalans are trying to offer him a new deal, with Xavi and Joan Laporta keen to retain him.

But, right now, the player wants to concentrate on the UEFA European U-21 Championship but since Betis know he has other offers on the table, they are working on the move.

For Pablo Torre, a loan exit is highly anticipated as the 20-year-old will struggle for game time in the 2023-24 season. The player had made peace with the fact that he has to accept a proposal to go on loan to get minutes under his belt in the first division and Real Betis are keen.

While there are offers from Celta Vigo, Villarreal, Real Sociedad and Valencia, Betis happen to be the best team mostly because their style of play goes hand in hand with Torre’s game. At the moment, he wants to finish the pre-season with Barcelona but regardless of that, a temporary exit will be on the cards.

Finally, the case with Abde and Nico is very much similar. Now, Betis have already made loan moves for the duo but as MD reports, the final decision rests with Xavi. For the moment, the two are expected to make the pre-season squad but a decision will be taken soon.

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