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Setback for Laporta: the ‘low cost’ signing for Barcelona signs with another LaLiga club

At FC Barcelona there are several names that appear on the contracting agenda. Robert Lewandowski is the great candidate and most important player to land at Camp Nou next season. However, just as there are the ‘big fish’ in the market, there are also the ‘low cost’ signings. One of them is none other than William José. The Brazilian had entered the radar of President Joan Laporta. However, this Friday he has signed with Betis until June 30, 2026 after making effective the purchase option to Real Sociedad after a one-year loan.

The signing of William José is the first move by the Betis sports management after the end of the season after the dismissal of winger Héctor Bellerín, who is temporarily returning to English Arsenal after his successful year on loan at Villamarín; and goalkeeper Joel Robles and winger Cristian Tello after fulfilling their contract.

William José, 30 years old, arrived at Betis last summer after a prior loan the previous year to the English Wolverhampton, who did not execute the purchase option available to them, which the Betis club has done for an amount that in its day was set at 8.5 million euros.

The Brazilian has played an important role in the season of Chilean Manuel Pellegrini’s team, in which they have won the Copa del Rey and have qualified in fifth position in the League, and to which the striker from Porto Calvo has contributed with eleven goals scored in the 44 games he has played.

William José, who has shared the lead with Borja Iglesias (19 goals) and Juanmi Jiménez (20), began his professional career at Gremio Prudente in his native country and his good performances caught the attention of Deportivo Maldonado, who took over the services of the striker in 2011.

Under the discipline of the Uruguayan club, Willian José chained several assignments to Santos, Gremio de Porto Alegre, Real Madrid Castilla, Real Zaragoza and UD Las Palmas; and in 2016 he was transferred to Real Sociedad, a team in which he played until 2021, although he spent the 2020/2021 season on loan at Wolverhampton Wanderers.

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