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Manchester City and Girona consider collaborative deal for Spain under-21 goalkeeper – report

Manchester City could sign recent Spain under-21 international goalkeeper Pau López next summer in an effort to improve partner club Girona FC ahead of the 2018/19 season.

According to AS in Spain, the Catalan club have registered an interest in the Espanyol shot-stopper, who spent the 2016/17 season on loan at Tottenham in England, but face competition for his signature.

Real Betis are also keen to snap up the 23-year-old, but Girona have an ace up their sleeve: Manchester City. With the financial power of the English club, they could carry the weight of the operation by signing López, then immediately loaning him to Girona.

Similar deals were done with Douglas Luiz and Larry Kayode, two Manchester City-owned players who were immediately sent to Girona for the season.

The club’s sporting director Quique Cárcel was contacted by AS and is aware that signing Pau López, a very highly-rated goalkeeper who is out of contract in June, won’t be easy.

“It isn’t a decision that belongs to me. But Pau is a very good goalkeeper who is finishing his contract and has a lot of value.”

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