Dire financial circumstances could force La Liga side to sell up sooner rather than later, so says club’s director.
Manchester United are closing in on top targets David Villa and David Silva – as Valencia say they are finally willing to cave in and sell.
Sir Alex Ferguson has admired the Spanish duo for some time but put off making a move this summer as his valuation fell short of Valencia’s asking price.
The United manager first took notice of Villa, 27, after his stellar showing in Euro 2008, when he finished with the golden boot. And Villa’s team-mate Silva, 23, is seen as the man to add some flair to United’s midfield.
United representatives met Valencia over the summer but were told that despite the La Liga club’s financial woes, Silva and Villa would not be sold. Ferguson also hoped Nani could live up to his potential but the Portuguese has failed to deliver so far this season.
Valencia remain in dire need of funds and, with a large chunk of Cristiano Ronaldo’s £80million transfer fee yet to be spent, United are confident of landing one – if not both – of Valencia’s prized assets.
‘The club made a great effort to keep our players this summer but our economic situation remains very serious,’ Valencia director Fernando Gomez said on Spanish TV.
‘It was a success to keep them, but there comes a point when you can’t stand it anymore. We may have to sell Villa.’ (Daily Mail)
It was actually something of a shock that Valencia only had to offload one of their big stars in the summer, Raul Albiol, but the spectre of financial ruin still looms large at the Mestalla and the fact that one of the club’s director’s is speaking on TV about the very real possibility they will have to sell David Villa and/or David Silva will be music to Sir Alex Ferguson’s ears.
Both Spanish internationals are highly sought after, David Villa has once again burst out of the starting blocks this season with seven goals in the club’s first eight La Liga matches. Adaptable attacker David Silva is also in fine form and both have reportedly been long term Man United targets and January may be as good a time as any for the Old Trafford side to splash out that Cristiano Ronaldo cash.
However if they fail to secure either of the stars in this up coming transfer window they could find it even easier, and cheaper, to snap them up next summer, especially if Valencia miss out on the Champions League picture again.