FC Andorra – owned by Barcelona defender Gerard Pique – have paid 452,022 euros (£411,000) to fill a vacated slot in Spain’s third tier.

“The club, bought by Pique’s Kosmos group in December, earned promotion to the fourth tier last season but have now replaced Reus, who were relegated as a result of financial problems.

Zamora, Jaen, Intercity and Linares were also keen on replacing Reus.

FC Andorra, founded in 1942, have played in the league system since 1948.”