Emana ends long-running Betis dispute with a move to Saudi Arabia

Real Betis midfielder Achille Emana has finally brought to an end the long-running saga of his departure from the newly-promoted Andalusian club. The Cameroon international passed the obligatory medical in Paris on Wednesday and is expected to sign for Saudi Arabian club Al-Hilal within the next 24 hours for a fee of €4,260,000, of which €3m will be paid up front and the rest in June, 2012.

Emana, 29, has made almost 100 league appearances for Los Verdiblancos since a €6m transfer from Toulouse in July, 2008, but has been in dispute with the club after the administrators imposed a €600,000-a-year salary cap on the first team squad, despite him possessing a contract far in excess of that figure.

Consequently, Betis have been trying to get him off the books for the past two months, yet had recently turned down an offer from Al-Hilal as it fell short of their valuation of the player. However, the €3m Betis are now set to receive is destined to be spent on new players after boss Pepe Mel requested a striker, a central defender and a right-winger to reinforce his squad.

In attack Mel is interested in Birmingham City´s giant frontman Nikola Zigic and H

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