Luis Rioja is an old acquaintance of the Espanyol market. It already sounded other seasons and also in the current one, by becoming one of the first options to reinforce the winger, even before José Carlos Lazo, recently signed in an exchange with Adrián Embarba from Almería. At this time, Alavés, according to sources from the Basque club, are waiting for a new proposal from the parakeet club because they consider the first one that has come to them insufficient, which is less than 4.5 million. The Vitorians are going to be inflexible and the president of the parakeet entity, according to Rac-1, is leading the negotiation from Madrid.
The footballer recently renewed until 2025 and, according to SER Vitoria, Alavés does not want to lose one of his assets and, if he has no other choice (the footballer wants to go to Espanyol), He hopes to enter as much as possible since he can only invest 25% of what he obtains. If they enter four million, they could only spend one, so they are going to be more rigid in the demand from the interested groups, a policy that they have used all summer.
Chen Yansheng, who is in Madrid, would be leading the negotiations because the price needs to be increased for Rioja, who will turn 29 in October and who has given great performance in recent campaigns in Vitoria. He has been a fixture in the lineups and, although he is not a great scorer, his overflows and assists have been the best of the Babazorro team. Likewise, and as happened with Embarba and Raúl de Tomás in January 2020, he would meet Joselu Mato again. Both formed a small society in the Vitorian attack.
The Rioja market has been entertaining this summer. Both Cádiz and Elche were interested in the Andalusian player, especially the former, who withdrew from the bidding the previous week when he precisely immersed himself in it and, again, Espanyol. The perico club, which has not been able to release the salary limit until the final stretch of the market with the sale of players, renewals and transfers such as that of Nany Dimata due to the impossibility of selling to RdT, is now undertaking a lightning operation and everything will depend on flexibility from Alaves. The footballer is convinced of coming.