Valencia Willing To Listen To Offers For Guaita But Arsenal Bid Just £4m

By on August 21, 2013

Valencia president Amadeo Salva has admitted that while they do not want to sell Arsenal target Vicente Guaita, they may be willing to cash in on the goalkeeper if the price is right.

Apparently Arsene Wenger has finally had enough of Wojciech Szczesny’s inconsistent display’s and is looking to bring in another goalkeeper before the transfer window closes in 12 days time.

Widespread reports on Tuesday claimed we had sent chief contract negotiator Dick Law over to Spain tasked with trying to strike a deal with the Valencia for Guaita.

The 26-year-old is unsettled at the Mestalla after being forced to share the No.1 jersey with Diego Alves. Valencia regularly rotate the goalkeeping position and Guaita was on the bench for their season opener with Malaga at the weekend.

However, Law left without being able to do a deal (shock!) and reports in Spain suggest we offered as little as £4-£5m for the keeper, who has a £25m buy-out clause, so it’s no surprise we’ve once again come up short.

Valencia president Amadeo Salva has now come out to declare that they don’t want to sell Guaita, but they will consider any serious offers for him. He told Sky Sports News.

“Guaita is a world class keeper and Valencia has no need to sell. To allow him to go, we would have to study the price,”

“Currently the value is 30 million euros (£25million). At Valencia, what you want is to continue, although his agents have reported that if you are a substitute, you had better find a way out.

“This last point does not sit well with the board. Players can not fall into that temptation to go after every game with this type of attitude.

“If you do not play every week, you have to respect Valencia more.”

Our penny-pinching is getting embarrassing and if these reports of us bidding around £4m are accurate, it’s truly disturbing. Why would we send Law over to Spain to negotiate a deal and bid such a ridiculous amount, then leave as soon as they laughed at us? What a waste of time.

Why not find out beforehand the kind of money Valencia are looking for, just a ball-park figure would have done, then go over to Spain with a reasonable offer and negotiate? We seem to be pissing every club off by submitting derisory bids, unsettling a player, then moving on to the next target.

If Wenger wants Guaita, just table a sensible offer. Although why we don’t just go and slap a £12m bid in for Begovic is beyond me. Maybe that’s too obvious for us….

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