Aspas in Valencia & Atleti link

Celta Vigo striker Iago Aspas is being suggested as a possible target for both Atletico Madrid and Valencia this summer.

The 30-year-old has been in prolific form this season, notching 20 goals from 32 La Liga appearances, but Celta President Carlos Mourino insists the player will not be allowed to leave for less than the buyout clause in his contract.

“We are always ready to negotiate, and these are two great clubs, friendly clubs, who we get on well with,” Mourino told Onda Cero’s El Transistor programme.

“But in this case the fans would never forgive us if we let Aspas go for less than the value of his clause, which stands at €40m, and we can’t let him go for less than that.

“In fact, we believe he is worth a lot more if you see what they pay for players in today’s market, but the buyout figure is what it is.

“Iago knows this is his home and always will be, so it depends on him if he wants to continue with us or not. We hope he’s here for many more years.”

Aspas is in his second spell with the Galicians, having started his career at Balaidos, and returned to the club in June 2015 after a brief loan spell with Sevilla.

Previously he spent an ill-fated period in England with Liverpool, where he failed to register a single goal in 14 outings.

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