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banner Thursday, 19 July, 2001, 11:57 GMT 12:57 UK
Mendieta agrees to Lazio move
Gaizka Mendieta
Mendieta is sixth in the all-time transfer list
Gaizka Mendieta will become the most expensive Spanish player in history after agreeing to a 29m move from Valencia to Italian side Lazio.

The midfield playmaker has thrashed out personal terms with the Serie A outfit and will undergo a medical before signing and being unveiled by Lazio on Friday.

  Mendieta landmarks
1974: Born on 27 March and is the son of a former Real Madrid goalkeeper
1991: Signs for Castellon and plays 16 games
1993: 13 June - Makes Valencia debut after signing the previous season
1995-1996: Helps Valencia to second in the league and Spain to the runners-up spot at the European Under-21 Championships
1999-2000: Valencia defeat Barcelona to win the Spanish Supercup but lose to Real Madrid in the Champions League final
He helps Spain to the quarter-finals of Euro 2000 and wins the Uefa award for the best midfielder of the season
2000-2001: Valencia lose on penalties to Bayern Munich in Champions League final

"Gaizka Mendieta has reached an agreement with Lazio," Lazio's official website announced.

"On Thursday the Basque midfielder will be in Rome to sign his contract with the club."

Mendieta, 27, was believed to favour a move to Real Madrid but Valencia were determined not to let him go to a rival Spanish team.

Real would have had to buy-out Mendieta's contract at a cost of 37m to land the Spanish international.

The Bernabeu club's president Florentino Perez said Real were not prepared to do that, especially after signing Zinedine Zidane for 46.5m.

Valencia also rejected an offer from AC Milan for Mendieta who is expected to earn 3m-a-year while at Lazio.

Mendieta will also be sixth in the list of the world's biggest transfers behind Zidane, Luis Figo, Hernan Crespo, Christian Vieri and Gianluigi Buffon.

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