Opening time at The Transfer Tavern saw an early rush of punters dive through the door with Valencia president Vicente Soriano telling us, that plans to sell their star players at the La Liga side have been shelved after the cash-strapped club received a financial boost late last night.
Los Che were in financial dire straits which caused work on their new stadium to be put on hold but Soriano, who resigned from his position last month, has returned to the club as part of a consortium headed by investment group Inversiones Dalport SA who are willing to pay a reported €500m for the site of the club’s current stadium – the Mestalla.
Having already sold Raul Albiol to Real Madrid, more faces were expected to leave the club with striker David Villa at the top of the list to be sacrificed, however Soriano says that there is
now no obligation on the club to sell any more players with this new investment.
“The grand Valencia project was held up by the economic crisis,” Soriano said.
“The club had a serious liquidity problem which paralysed its plan for growth. The very existence of Valencia was under threat, but this is no longer the case. We will not be obliged to sell.”
Despite this, Barcelona are still keen on signing the Spain hitman, who has been Valencia’s top scorer for the previous four seasons, with the European champions tabling a bid in the region of €40 million.
So what sort of beverage caused the Valencia chief to say this? Are Los Che really calling an end to the fire sale at the Mestalla? Should this rumour Fly or Die?
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