With a price tag of just €7million hanging over his head, Mathieu Valbuena is currently one of the hottest properties on the European market.
The 29-year-old has spent the last eight years at Marseille but has decided to seek a new challenge this summer, with Liverpool one of a host of clubs linked, along with West Ham, Tottenham, Dynamo Moscow and others.
Valbuena to leave
The Sporting Director of Sevilla announced yesterday that the club is pulling out of negotiations with Valbuena’s agent because the salary demands are too high. Valencia are also in on-going discussions with both Marseille and the player about a possible move. Ideally, Valbuena would like to join a side with continental football to offer for next season.
Valbuena told Telefoot: "Spain is an attractive league that I love. We’ll see what happens. Anything is on."
Which gives Valencia a lot of confidence is the race for the Frenchman's signature. They, along with a host of others, were thoroughly impressed with the 29-year-old's performances in the World Cup, especially in the group stages. It is a true shame that Valbuena hasn’t opted for a switch to the Premier League, because his style of play would truly suit a club like Arsenal or Liverpool but however, even the chance of carrying on playing European competition football doesn’t even seems to mind the 29-year-old.
With Valencia finishing 8th in the La Liga table last season, Valencia are not in the Champions League, nor the Europa League.
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