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Real Betis working on two exits and two arrivals in midfield reboot

William Carvalho

Real Betis are aiming to rebuild their midfield this summer while also freeing up some salary cap space.

Because of his large salary and clear quality, William Carvalho has been frequently linked with a move away from Betis in previous seasons. The Portuguese recently extended his contract until 2026 to mitigate the impact of his pay and assist the organization.

According to MD, Carvalho has been in talks with Al Nassr in recent days, but no deal has been reached. Al Rayyan of Qatar, where compatriot and former manager Leonardo Jardim has assumed command, is also interested in the 31-year-old.

Meanwhile, Paul Akouokou may be on his way out as well. Las Palmas, Istanbul Basaksehir, and Valencia are all interested, but Getafe is said to be the closest to signing him. They will have to pay €4 million for Akouokou, 25, who has yet to play 800 minutes in the last three seasons.

Nico Gonzalez is one of the choices to fill in for them during their absences. Los Verdiblancos have made an offer to Barcelona for the 21-year-old, who was on loan at Valencia last season and is not desired by Xavi Hernandez.

Meanwhile, Marc Roca has long been a target for Betis. Betis were rumored to be interested in Roca before he joined the now-relegated Leeds United, and have been in talks about a transfer for some weeks. He is also anticipated to arrive.

If all of these transactions go through, Betis will likely have more money to invest in other areas. Neither Nico nor Roca can compete with Carvalho’s quality, but with Guido Rodriguez and Sergio Canales already in midfield, they have plenty of options. Betis may wish to take a closer look at the wide areas to build a more well-rounded team.