Betis close in on Aurelio

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Real Betis are close to completing the signing of Turkey international Mehmet Aurelio from Fenerbahce.

The 30-year-old defensive midfielder, who impressed during Turkey´s run to the semi-finals of Euro 2008 last month, will undergo a medical in Seville on Thursday and if all goes well will then become Betis´ first recruit of the summer.

Aurelio was born in Brazil and played for Flamengo and Olaria before moving to Turkey with Trabzonspor in 2001 and then onto Fenerbahce, during which time he gained Turkish citizenship and become the first non-Turkish player to represent the national team.

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