Pau Lopez has not signed for any other team or given his word to anyone, but Espanyol will have to improve their offer to the goalkeeper to equal the proposal made by Real Betis. The coming weeks could be key.
Espanyol owner Chen Yansheng declared recently in a delicate moment that no footballer would leave the club due to economic reasons. Pau, though, could be the first player to be robbed during the Chinese businessman's era.
The door shouldn't be closed on him remaining at the club but Espanyol will have to increase their offer to stop the Catalan leaving.
Betis have emerged as the most likely option for Pau. Other options on the table include Girona (via Manchester City), Real Sociedad and even some Italian clubs.
Seville-based Betis, though, have made the strongest move, offering a high salary and an exciting sporting project in the south of Spain.
But Pau's signed nothing with them. He wants to hear Espanyol's counter-offer before taking a decision on what to do when his current terms expire in the summer.