Valencia are reportedly open to Adil Rami’s exit in the summer and have already identified a possible replacement in Ligue 1.
Rami has reportedly turned down three separate advances from Los Che to renew his contract and is seen as intending to wait until the summer to see the sporting direction of the club before making a decision.
Subsequently, the club are reported today as working to the theory that he will be leaving and have been scanning the market for possible replacements.
Sporting director Braulio Vazquez is understood to have picked out Lille’s 27-year-old Cameroon international Aurelien Chedjou.
Superdeporte say that meetings between Braulio, the player and his agent have already taken place, with all parties said to be keen on a summer transfer.
The stumbling block is reportedly the difference between Lille’s valuation and Valencia’s offer, with the French asking for between €6m and €8m, where the Valencians are offering €4m to €5m.
Chedjou played alongside Rami at Lille, where they won the 2010-11 title together, whilst he also developed at youth level with Villarreal.
“I know that Valencia have shown an interest in signing me, but I am totally focused on Lille and I owe them,” Chedjou told Superdeporte today.
“Valencia are a good team, playing there would be a good thing, it is an honour that they follow me.
“Although now they are not at the same level, they are still a big team in Europe and Spain. At this point I cannot say more out of respect for the Lille supporters.”