La Liga outfit Celta Vigo are in prime position to land Fulham midfielder Jozabed this summer, according to Get West London.
The 26-year-old moved to Craven Cottage last year following a short spell at Rayo Vallecano, but struggled in his first season in English football under Slavisa Jokanovic.
The Spanish midfielder could only manage eight appearances in the first few months of the campaign for the Cottagers, failing to contribute a goal or an assist, and was unsurprisingly shipped out on loan to Celta for the second half of the season.
And there he made 30 appearances for the Spanish outfit to help them reach the semi-finals of the Europa League and to 13th place in La Liga, but they didn’t originally meet Jozabed’s buyout clause to trigger a permanent deal for the 26-year-old.
However, recent reports suggest that the La Liga club will up their offer for the Fulham man to €3.5 million amid interest from fellow Spanish side Real Betis.
Betis finished six points and two places below Celta Vigo in last term’s La Liga and will likely need reinforcements to pull away from the relegation zone next time round, given they only finished eight points clear of third-bottom Sporting Gijon.
Nonetheless, it appears that their interest in Jozabed has forced the issue at Celta, who are now reportedly willing to offer €3.5 million for the Spaniard’s services which, although below the €4 million figure believed to be the original buyout clause, is a fee Fulham are likely to accept.
And that looks set to bring the curtain down on a disappointing time in England for the £2.98 million-rated star (as per Transfermarkt), who rarely showed his true potential while at Craven Cottage, and thus is unlikely to be missed too much by the Fulham faithful.
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