Villa up for grabs as Valdano moans price is too high even for - Real Madrid
Real Madrid director of sport Jorge Valdano has revealed the club may end their interest in Valencia striker David Villa because the asking price is too high. Madrid have been locked in a battle with Barcelona for the Spain international as financially-stricken Valencia look to balance their books. Reports suggest Barca are prepared to pay around £42million, as well as offer players Bojan Krkic and Jose Martin Caceres, for Villa. And having already shelled out for Kaka this summer, and with a world record offer on the table for Manchester United winger Cristiano Ronaldo, Valdano admits they are not prepared to better that bid. 'If Barca have offered 50 million euros for Villa, plus Bojan and Caceres, I would sell if I was Valencia because we're not going to try and top that,' the Argentinian told Radio Marca. 'We have been in discussions over the last week and there were disagreements. On top of money, they want a player and that was causing problems. 'What had seemed to be a deal on track instead became twisted. We don't know why the price became so high.' Valdano also confirmed they are unlikely to bring Franck Ribery to the Bernabeu, again because the price is not right. Zinedine Zidane, who is an advisor to Madrid president Florentino Perez, recently confirmed Madrid were in discussions with France international Ribery. But Valdano said the asking price of Ribery's current club Bayern Munich is too steep. 'Zidane speaks highly of Ribery,' he said. 'And at one point there was interest but it's a difficult one. 'Bayern are asking astronomical figures and it's clear they do not intend to sell.' Madrid are aiming to keep their squad at 25 players next season, and the arrival of Kaka and Ronaldo means many other names will be available for transfer. Players such as Arjen Robben, Rafael van der Vaart and Wesley Sneijder could be on their way out of the Bernabeu, and Valdano acknowledges that may cause friction with some squad members. 'We will sign four or five players and that will lead to departures,' he explained. 'We're working on it but people will not leave Real Madrid willingly. 'There are some who refuse to go but will not have a place in the 25-man squad. Some believe we may change that figure, and there are some spaces in the queue. But we're sticking with 25 players.' Long-serving striker Raul is not likely to be among the departures, although Valdano warned it will not be easy for the veteran if he does stay at Madrid. 'The new arrivals will be given priority, but Raul is going to have the same opportunities as the rest of his team-mates,' Valdano said. 'Raul's football is more about statistics than anything else and he has earned the right to continue. 'We'll see what role he plays this season, he is the captain and a smart man. He has the maturity to deal with whatever comes his way.'
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