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Wednesday July 10 2019
Introducing Pau Lopez

Pau Lopez becomes the eighth most expensive ever shot-stopper, so Massimo Nuzzo outlines the strengths and weaknesses of Roma’s new sweeper-keeper.

It’s safe to say the main priority for new Roma director of sport Gianluca Petrachi was finding a goalkeeper to replace the disastrous Robin Olsen. Despite that failed experiment, the Giallorossi have again gone for a foreign shot-stopper with no Serie A experience in Real Betis ‘keeper Pau Lopez.

Not only are many fans not familiar with the 24-year-old, but he also becomes the most expensive goalkeeper ever signed by the club at around €28m and the eighth costliest in football history, on a par with Manuel Neuer.

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Monday July 8 2019
Pau Lopez arrives for Roma

Real Betis goalkeeper Pau Lopez has landed in Rome to complete his €30m transfer to the Giallorossi.

Lopez touched down at Rome Fiumicino airport at around 10:40 BST, having taken a flight from Barcelona.

“I’m happy to be here,” he told reporters upon his arrival in the Italian capital.

The 24-year-old will now undergo a medical, before signing his contract and being confirmed as a Roma player.

He will become the Lupi’s new No 1, replacing Robin Olsen, with the club agreeing a deal worth €30m.

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Sunday July 7 2019
Pau Lopez set for Roma medical

Real Betis goalkeeper Pau Lopez is expected to land in Italy tomorrow for his Roma medical after agreeing a deal worth at least €28m.

Multiple sources maintain a deal was struck today and the shot-stopper has booked his flight, landing at Fiumicino Airport at 11.30am local time on Monday.

He’ll then be driven to the Villa Stuart clinic for a medical before signing the five-year contract at the Trigoria ground.

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Sunday July 7 2019
Roma over €30m for Pau Lopez

Reports in Spain suggest Roma have agreed terms with Real Betis for goalkeeper Pau Lopez at a total cost of over €30m.

The Giallorossi identified him as the ideal replacement for Robin Olsen, who was bitterly disappointing last season.

Negotiations had stalled over the last couple of days and he was seen in pre-season training with the Spaniards.

According to the Diario de Sevilla newspaper, the two clubs have now worked out a deal that will end up being worth over €30m rather than the original €28m.

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Friday July 5 2019
Pau set for Roma medical

Real Betis goalkeeper Pau Lopez will undergo a medical on Monday ahead of his proposed transfer to Roma.

Calciomercato.com reported late last night that Roma had agreed a deal with Betis to sign Pau.

That has now been confirmed by Sky Sport Italia, which adds his medical is scheduled for Monday.

Once that is completed, the 24-year-old [pictured, right] should put pen to paper on a contract until 2024.

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Thursday July 4 2019
Roma agree Pau Lopez terms

Roma have reportedly struck a deal with Real Betis for goalkeeper Pau Lopez, worth €20m plus 50 per cent of Antonio Sanabria’s future fee.

According to Calciomercato.com, the two clubs have reached an agreement this evening.

Pau Lopez will come to the Stadio Olimpico for €20m in cash plus half of the fee when forward Sanabria is sold on.

That is believed to take the total cost of the operation to around €25m.

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Tuesday July 2 2019
Roma close on €18m Pau Lopez

Roma are reportedly close to finding their new goalkeeper, as talks with Real Betis continue for an €18m Pau Lopez deal.

According to El Confidencial, following reports from Sky Sport Italia, negotiations are progressing for the shot-stopper.

The 24-year-old already has one senior cap for Spain and only joined Betis as a free agent last summer.

He started his career at Espanyol and had a brief loan spell at Tottenham in 2016-17.

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Saturday June 29 2019
Roma must pay up for Betis pair

Roma are in negotiations for defender Marc Bartra and goalkeeper Pau Lopez, but Marca claim Real Betis will not accept anything less than their release clauses.

The Giallorossi have been in talks for the pair over the last couple of weeks, but it seems Betis won’t be budged.

According to Spanish newspaper Marca, nothing less than their release clauses will be accepted and no negotiations will make any difference.

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Wednesday June 19 2019
Roma move for Pau Lopez?

Roma have reportedly offered €18m for Real Betis and Spain goalkeeper Pau Lopez.

According to Gianluca Di Marzio’s website, the offer includes the 50 percent they are entitled to of a future Antonio Sanabria transfer.

However, Di Marzio warns Betis will not consider selling Lopez until they have sourced a replacement, while their preference is to renew his contract.

The 24-year-old only joined the Spanish side from La Liga rivals Espanyol last summer and kept 10 clean sheets in 35 games during the 2018-19 campaign.

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Saturday June 15 2019
Roma snubbed for Pau Lopez

Real Betis have turned down an initial €20m offer from Roma for goalkeeper Pau Lopez, claim Sky Sport Italia.

The Giallorossi require a new shot-stopper, as Robin Olsen disappointed in his debut Serie A season and is expected to move on this summer.

Roma have sent scouts to view 24-year-old Lopez several times and it’s rumoured they finally made a proposal worth €20m.

However, the Spaniards rejected it, as they will only part with him for closer to €25m.

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