Sevilla sign Alexis, Valencia lose Soldado

Sevilla FC are to sign versatile defender Alexis from Liga rivals Valencia CF, who may be without forward Roberto Soldado for the start of their UEFA Champions League campaign.

Sevilla FC have agreed terms with Valencia CF for the purchase of versatile defender Alexis who will move to the Andalusian club for a reported €5m.

The 25-year-old is expected to attend Sevilla's UEFA Champions League play-off second leg against SC Braga tonight with a view to signing a five-year contract with Antonio Álvarez's side, subject to a medical. A UEFA European Under-19 Championship winner with Spain in 2004, Alexis scored twice in 62 league games for Valencia, whom he joined from Getafe CF in 2007. The Malaga-born player also featured in the Mestalla team's 2007/08 Copa del Rey triumph, finding the net against Getafe in the final.

Meanwhile, Valencia are likely to be without Roberto Soldado for the start of their UEFA Champions League group-stage campaign after the 25-year-old forward, newly arrived from Getafe, tore a groin muscle during a weekend friendly against US Lecce. The former Real Madrid CF trainee, who hit 29 goals in 60 Liga appearances for Getafe, said: "I'm a bit upset as I was looking forward to the start of the season."

Valencia, who begin their top-flight programme with a trip to Málaga CF on Saturday, learn their group-stage fate at Thursday's draw in Monaco.