Chelsea Close In On £33m Wing Wizard: Ancelotti leads Mancini In Race for Valencia Star David Silva

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June 16, 2010 - Durban, South Africa - epa02205002 Spain's David Silva (R) and Switzerland's Benjamin Huggel (L) during the FIFA World Cup 2010 group H preliminary round match between Spain and Switzerland at the Durban stadium in Durban, South Africa, 16 June 2010.

David Silva wants to leave Spain for England
• Midfielder to head for the exit at Valencia
• Manchester City and Chelsea favourites for signature

David Silva, the Spain international midfielder, has had a change of mind about moving to England and is deliberating whether to choose Manchester City or Chelsea amid firm interest from both clubs.

Silva’s reluctance to leave Spain was described as unflinching when City opened formal talks with Valencia at the end of last season but the player has gradually come round to the idea of playing in the Premier League, not least because of the realisation that Real Madrid’s new manager, José Mourinho, is not keen on recruiting him.

Barcelona also have other targets, having already signed David Villa from Valencia, and Silva is now left with a choice of remaining at Valencia or moving to England. His representatives have informed Valencia in the last 48 hours that he would like to take the option of a transfer.

That now boils down to a straight choice between City or Chelsea depending on a financial arrangement being agreed with his current club. That, however, is proving far from straightforward, with Valencia asking around €40m (£33.2m), a fee that is considered exorbitant at Eastlands and Stamford Bridge.

City were the first club to register an official interest in the 24-year-old and have the financial power to offer more than Chelsea in terms of both the transfer fee and the player’s salary, which currently stands at £3m a year and could easily be doubled if he were to join Roberto Mancini’s team. Chelsea, however, have the lure of playing in the Champions League next season and of joining a club that has just deposed Manchester United as champions. (Guardian)

So after three years of Valencia pair David Silva and David Villa being heavily linked with moves away from the financially stricken club, it seems that the La Liga side may end up losing both stars within the same summer. It seems price is the main obstacle but in today’s transfer market the asking price of £33m is not wildly outrageous and lets face it both Chelsea and Manchester City can afford to pay the sum given their sugar daddy owners.

The 24 year old has just finished his fourth season in the Mestalla first team and had arguably his best season so far last term when he helped Valencia to third spot in La Liga scoring eight times and assisting in nine other finishes. The adaptable attacker is a fixture in the Spanish international side that has beaten all before them in recent years, albeit not yesterday against Switzerland, so he would clearly be a player who would cost a decent chunk of change.

Given that Chelsea have Champions League football to offer and that Ancelotti has just allowed Joe Cole and Michael Ballack to run out their contracts it seems a move to west London would be most likely and it would be a transfer that would help reverse the ageing nature of the Blues squad.

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