Manchester City have been given fresh hope of signing David Villa following an admission from Valencia that they are ready to listen to offers for their star striker.
Vice-president of the Spanish club, Fernando Gomez, has confirmed for the first time that they held talks with City officials over a potential deal for the 27-year-old hot-shot during the January transfer window.
The two clubs were unable to agree a fee for the Spain international but, with Valencia's financial problems worsening since the turn of the year, Gomez has suggested that a summer move could be on the cards for Villa.
When asked if Valencia had met with City officials, he said: "Yes it's true, but they didn't make us an any offer.
"The president asked for a significant amount and they didn't agree."
Villa and fellow Spain international David Silva could now both leave the Mestalla following Gomez's admission that the club needs to raise funds.
"I think they are two very important players with a lot of quality and, if we sell them, we are not going to sell them on the cheap," he said.
"I would like them both to stay. But we cannot discard anything and any of them could leave at the end of the season."