Valencia still confident over Dos Santos
Valencia remain confident of signing Giovani dos Santos in the summer, although Real Mallorca president Llorenc Serra-Ferrer has said six or seven clubs, reported to include LA Galaxy, are still in the race for him.
Dos Santos, 24, appears certain to leave relegated Mallorca given his high salary and the six goals and seven assists he amassed in 29 Primera Division games last term.
The Balearics club’s chief told Cadena Ser Mallorca there had been a lot of interest in the Mexico international attacker, adding: “There are six or seven teams interested in Giovani, without exaggerating.
“Some have put a figure to us, but the player was not interested. Other Spanish clubs - high level ones - have put in another figure, but also asked if we would take players in part-exchange. We will listen, weigh things up and then decide.”
Marca reported that Mallorca had accepted an €8 million offer from LA Galaxy, only for Dos Santos to turn down the move.
Valencia have reportedly bid €4 million, a figure Mallorca - and the player’s former club Tottenham, who retain 50% of his rights - view as insufficient.
Valencia sporting director Braulio Vazquez told Levante Television that current Los Che player Andres Guardado had been trying to persuade international colleague Dos Santos to join, but that his club were continuing to analyse their transfer options.
“Guardado is a good ambassador for us,” he said. “I do not know if Giovani will escape us. The market in Valencia is one now, and another on August 20, when other players could come in other circumstances.”
Villarreal’s interest is complicated by the club’s poor institutional relationship with Mallorca, which stems from a falling-out over European qualification in 2011.
However, Dos Santos may like the chance to team up again with coach Marcelino, with the pair having worked together successfully as Racing Santander avoided relegation during in the second half of the 2010-11 campaign.
Russian outfits Rubin Kazan and CSKA Moscow and Spanish clubs Atletico Madrid and Real Betis are also reported to be interested in Dos Santos.