The Manchester City striker spent last season on loan at the Benito Villamarin and could move back to the Seville-based outfit on a permanent deal this summerEXCLUSIVE
By Quillo Barrios
Manchester City striker Roque Santa Cruz is close to a return to Real Betis, Goal.com can reveal.
The Paraguay forward spent last season on loan at the Andalusian club and netted seven goals as Pepe Mel's side secured Primera Division survival by finishing in 13th place, six points clear of the drop zone.
Betis are keen to strike a deal for Santa Cruz, Goal.com understands, but have hit problems due to the 30-year-old's elevated wage demands of around €90,000 per week.
The Andalusians have significant debts and are unlikely to agree to such a figure, meaning the player himself will have to accept a pay cut to return to the Liga side this summer.
Betis, meanwhile, had hoped to sign Santa Cruz on a free transfer, while City are holding out for a fee for their unwanted striker.
Both problems will need to be resolved before the Paraguayan is seen back at the Benito Villamarin for the new season, although the Verdiblancos remain confident an agreement can be reached.