Espanyol have made it a priority for the club in the coming weeks to secure a contract extension for goalkeeper Pau Lopez, whose existing deal will expire in the summer of 2018.
That means that Lopez could depart the club in the summer for free having run down his contract, with foreign clubs able to enter into talks with him from January in order to agree a move early.
There is believed to be interest from the Championship in England, with several second division teams reported to have approached Los Pericos to enquire as to the availability of a permanent deal this summer. However, Espanyol have refused to entertain any potential sale.
Lopez spent last season on loan at Tottenham, where he failed to make a single first team appearance, but has now returned to Catalonia and his boyhood club.
With Diego Lopez out injured, the 22-year-old began the season as first choice against Sevilla, where he could not quite keep out Clement Lenglet’s kneed goal, despite claims that the whole ball had not quite crossed the line.
The shotstopper did impress with several strong saves, and Espanyol are aware that it could be easier said than done to tie up a new contract for the talent goalkeeper. Given that they are making it a priority now, Quique Sanchez Flores will be keen to see the number one put pen to paper as soon as possible.
Source: La Liga News