Celta Vigo President Carlos Mourino has confirmed that Valencia have been in contact over a proposed move for Iago Aspas.
Aspas has caught the attention of a number of clubs during his debut season in La Liga for his form in attack for the struggling Galicians.
Whilst that has tailed off in recent weeks, Aspas is still seen as the subject of intense interest from Valencia in particular, with Premier League side Reading thought to also be monitoring his situation.
Los Che are seen as having already agreed in principle with the player for a five-year contract from the summer, but are struggling to agree terms with Celta.
Valencia reportedly hope to convince Celta to accept a €10m fee, equal to the player’s buyout clause, but spread across instalments, in light of their financial situation, but as Celta President Mourino made public this week, that is not an acceptable route.
“The existence of contacts with Valencia have been there since last December,” confirmed Mourino to reporters.
“And our message has always been the same: that the clause is paid in full for the player to leave Vigo.
“Could there be a different arrangement in the future? Right now we do not know.
“Does he have a pre-contract with Valencia? If Celta had in their possession a copy of this alleged pre-contract, we would denounce it as illegal.
“And we cannot be clearer.”