Lopez set for Islanders switch
By Mark Kendall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Mallorca are close to finalising a deal for Valencia midfielder Jorge Lopez.Mallorca are close to finalising a deal for Valencia midfielder Jorge Lopez.
The right winger only moved to Valencia last summer from local rivals Villarreal, but has been informed by Claudio Ranieri he does not feature in his first-team plans.
Ranieri has signed Lazio's Stefano Fiore to operate on the right side of his midfield and is prepared to let Lopez move on.
Mallorca have moved quickly to set up a deal for the 25-year-old with manager Benito Floro keen to renew acquaintance with the player.
Lopez played under Floro when the two were at Villarreal, and the Islanders chief is reported to have spoken to the player directly to try and head off interest in his services from Malaga.
Floro appears to have been successful and Lopez is expected to clinch a season-long loan move, with the option to make it permanent at the end of the season.