Date: 28th October 2009 at 4:26pm
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Apparently, Valencia are bracing themselves for the sale of their two biggest assets, David Villa and David Silva. The two Spanish internationals have been the subject of intense speculation throughout the summer as the club is in a precarious financial position.

Valencia sporting director Fernando Gomez told Las Provoncias TV: ‘If there was a moment that arrived that we cannot stand it any more, then of course we must sell and they would be sold.

‘We made a great effort in the summer to keep them, but if the economic situation continues, then things could become very serious.

‘Still it was a success for us to keep them, because there was some large money offered to us.’


The English media went into overdrive immediately: the Daily Mail and the Mirror both claim that United are ‘closing in’ on Silva and Villa. Yeah, that’s likely. They confidently declare that United wanted them over the summer but Valencia did not want to sell. With the Spanish club caving in now, Villa and Silva will be on their way to Old Trafford soon. Or so the papers’ reasoning goes.

Yeah, sure. Here are two players, both have expressed their desire to remain in Spain and both are liable to attract interest from Real Madrid and Barcelona. So what are the odds that they will join United, especially in January as the tabloids seem to be thinking? Long odds they must be. It would be brilliant to get both to Old Trafford in January – one of them would even be eligible for the Champions League – but it’s not gonna happen. It’s not Fergie’s style to buy two such big names, especially not in January.