Thursday, April 30, 2009

Villa and Silva to be sold in summer

Top European clubs are on alert after Spanish club Valencia declared that two of their star players, David Villa and David Silva, may have to be sold in the summer transfer window.

Valencia sporting director Fernando Gomez has admitted the club, who have substantial debts, may have to finally sell their two top Spanish Internationals in order to balance the books.

Both Villa and Silva have been under constant speculation about their futures at the club, with a range of top European sides eager to seal their transfers.

27-year old David Villa, has been a long-term target for both Arsenal and cash-rich Manchester City, who refused point-blank Valencia’s astonishingly high valuation of £90million in January.

However, it is believed that the Euro 2008 winner is open for a move to the Premier League in the summer, although there is interest from some top Spanish sides.

Meanwhile, 23-year-old David Silva has been a long-term target for three Premiership sides, with Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea all in a three-way battle to land the talented attacking midfielder in the summer, but Silva has already stated that he would prefer to remain in Spain, but he may be persuaded by a big offer.

On Thursday, Valencia’s sporting director Fernando Gomez, who himself spent 15 years at The Mestalla, has vowed to battle to keep the Spanish duo at the club, but admitted that they may have no option but to sell them.

“The fans know that we will do all we can to keep them here,” said Fernando. “But we cannot rule anything out because of our financial situation. We have to put the future of Valencia first.”

Valencia are currently in 4th place in La Liga, which would mean qualification for the Champions League next season, but are by no means sure of that, and it is a real worry for Los Che, but something he thinks the club could cope with.

“It would be difficult but not impossible,” he finished.

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