Real Sociedad negotiating transfer of Barça’s Jonathan Dos Santos as Illarramendi replacement
Real Sociedad are currently negotiating the transfer of Barcelona defensive midfielder, Jonathan Dos Santos as a replacement for Asier Illarramendi, who recently left the club after Real Madrid paid his €38 million release clause.
According to Spanish sports daily, AS, Real Sociedad have been aggressive in their pursuit of Dos Santos over the past several days and are eager to buy the player outright for a fee of roughly €3 million.
Meanwhile, Barcelona would prefer to loan the player out for a season rather than selling the Mexican international outright.
Dos Santos, has an offer from Belgium, but has delayed talks and sees joining the Champions League bound Real Sociedad as an excellent option and if he is to leave, wants it to be on a permanent deal not a loan.
The report goes on to state that after Real Sociedad were informed that Illarramendi had paid his release clause, they immediately being negotiations with Barcelona on Friday to try and iron out the details of a move.
Real Sociedad see Dos Santos a player in the mold of Illarramendi and feel he would be more suited to a central role, while also hoping the bond between he and fellow Mexican international, Carlos Vela will translate to success on the pitch.
Real Sociedad are hoping to sign Dos Santos to a two to three year deal, should La Real and Barcelona agree on an acceptable transfer fee.
Fellow La Liga sides, Sevilla, Real Betis and Villarreal were also interested in signing the midfielder, with Villarreal hoping to reunite him with his brother, recently signed winger, Giovani Dos Santos.