France midfielder Nabil Fekir will undergo a medical at Real Betis later today, ahead of a permanent €20 million (£18m/$22.4m) switch from Lyon.
The 26-year-old had one year left to run on his existing contract at Lyon’s Olympic Stadium but was given permission to speak to potential suitors at the end of last season.
The mercurial playmaker had no intention of extending his stay in Ligue 1, with it his desire to undertake a new challenge after six successful years in his homeland.
Lyon boss Sylvinho excused Fekir from pre-season training so he could fly to Spain and negotiate terms on a five-year contract with Betis on Monday.
The France international is expected to put pen to paper on the long term deal, which brings to an end one of the year’s longest-running transfer sagas.
The Andalucian club will pay an initial €20m for Fekir, with the player and Lyon entitled to a percentage of the incomes that Betis could receive in a future transfer.