The departure of Luiz Felipe has left the Betis defense in a vulnerable position, a move always contested by Manuel Pellegrini during the final moments of the last transfer window. Despite the signing of Chadi Riad and Papastathopoulos by the board, these remain stopgap solutions that cannot take the field until the market reopens.
Meanwhile, Bartra’s injury continues to progress, signaling Betis’ intent to reinforce their defense with another central player in the upcoming winter transfer window.
Sources from TodoFichajes indicate that Pellegrini is persistently pushing for the acquisition of Malang Sarr. The French defender was on the club’s radar last summer, but negotiations did not materialize.
Close sources within the Betis organization now confirm ongoing talks with Chelsea, signaling a potential agreement for Sarr to join the Benito Villamarín on loan until the end of the season.
This move would see the Chilean coach secure the defender he has been advocating for in recent months, making Sarr the top priority on his wishlist.