After weeks of speculation and reported interest from the likes of Sevilla, Stoke City and Genoa, Manchester City-owned striker Rubén Sobrino has decided his next destination.
According to Marca, the 24-year-old will soon join newly promoted Basque club Deportivo Alavés on loan for the 2016-17 season. Alavés won the Segunda División last season but want to reinforce their squad for the challenges of the top-flight, and Sobrino will be one of their new recruits.
City had wanted Sobrino to return to Girona for a second season, as it is their intent to help the partner club gain promotion to La Liga, an achievement they narrowly missed out on last season. With so many respected clubs interested in him, though, it became clear the Real Madrid youth product was above that level and he has chosen to play in Spain’s first division.
The transfer is yet to be confirmed, but Marca believe Alavés are very close to confirming a deal for Sobrino. City have decided not to sell him, unlike Florian Lejuene, perhaps feeling a good season in La Liga will raise his value even further above the £200,000 they paid to SD Ponferradina last summer.