Wednesday June 26 2013
Benatia-Nico Lopez swap close

Reports suggest Mehdi Benatia is on the verge of joining Roma with Under-20 Uruguay star Nico Lopez moving to Udinese.

The negotiations have been going for several weeks and appear to have reached a breakthrough today.

According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, a deal could be completed within hours.

Roma would bring in French-Moroccan defender Benatia in exchange for cash plus Lopez, who managed only one goal and six appearances at the Olimpico last season.

Udinese are excited about signing Nico Lopez, who is currently starring for Uruguay in the Under-20 World Cup in Turkey.

Today he found the net in Uruguay’s 2-0 victory over New Zealand.

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