While the Eastlands brigade have been getting into a tizzy with The Sun over a fictitious story linking Lionel Messi with a move to Manchester City, they don’t half give the impression that they are just itching to spend a bucketload of cash on any top class footballer that might be available. It appears that they might have some joy landing a talented pair from this cash-strapped Spanish club.
The Daily Telegraph reports that David Villa and David Silva (or the two Davids as we’re sure they’ll be known as) could be on their way to Eastlands, with Valencia struggling badly to make ends meet. City have previously been sniffing around the striker and winger, only to have the asking price raised, although they might now be able to get them far cheaper.
According to a report in the Guardian newspaper, City opened talks with Valencia over a combined £100m bid for the two players, only for the Spanish club to request a minimum of £135m.
Valencia are straining under the weight of enormous debts, however, and Gomez has given the clearest indication yet that the club may be forced to cash in on their most saleable assets.
Should City table an acceptable offer, however, Valencia may feel pressure from his current employers to consider such a move.
“The club is in a very delicate situation,” Gomez said. “It has to control spending, grow income and sell assets.”
“Obviously, we will consider [player sales]. We have to control costs and the biggest cost in a football club is maintaining a team.”
Manchester City supporters would surely love to see Villa and Silva arrive at the club. After all, we’re talking about players who formed an integral part in Spain’s Euro 2008 winning team. With the pair joining the likes of Robinho, Bellamy, SWP and Ireland, the club’s attacking players would start to reflect the wealth of the club. Are City fans excited or are you not holding your breath?