Abidal nears Barca deal
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Barcelona have revealed Lyon defender Eric Abidal will undergo a medical on Friday.Barcelona have revealed Lyon defender Eric Abidal will undergo a medical on Friday.
The Spanish giants have spent several months chasing the France international, without being able to meet Lyon's asking price.
Lyon chairman Jean-Michel Aulas has insisted the left-back will not be leaving Stade Gerland for less than é¼20million (£13.6million).
Barcelona have steadily increased their bid for Abidal, although an agreement on the fee is still to be found.
"We have still not reached an agreement," Lyon spokesman Olivier Blanc told AFP. "The talks are still ongoing."
But Barcelona have confirmed on the club's website that Abidal is due to undergo a medical on Friday morning, with the player likely to sign a four-year contract.
Abidal's agent David Venditelli confirmed that the former Lille stopper is due in Catalunya upon completion of further talks with Lyon.
Venditelli said: "He has to sort out the final details with Lyon this Thursday night and flies off to Barcelona tomorrow morning."