Levante retain three, recruit two

European debutants Levante UD have made permanent the signings of striker Arouna Koné, defender David Navarro and goalkeeper Keylor Navas and added Pedro Ríos and Michel.

Arouna Koné had a successful loan at Levante last season
Arouna Koné had a successful loan at Levante last season ©AFP/Getty Images

Levante UD have made five signings as they prepare for their European debut next month.

Last season's sixth-placed Liga finishers, who will be in the UEFA Europa League play-offs, have given permanent deals to three players who had been on loan – Arouna Koné, David Navarro and Keylor Navas – and added right midfielders Pedro Ríos and Miguel Herrero 'Michel'.

Ivory Coast striker Koné, 28, scored 15 goals last year for Levante and has signed a one-year deal with a 12-month option after the expiry of his Sevilla FC contract. Centre-back Navarro, 32, has agreed a similar arrangement after a six-month loan from Neuchâtel Xamax FC while 25-year-old Costa Rica goalkeeper Navas has a contract running until 2015 having departed Albacete Balompié.

Ríos, 30, arrives from Getafe CF while Michel has departed Valencia CF having spent last season on loan with second-tier Hércules CF. The play-off draw is on 10 August and the two-legged tie on 23 and 30 August.