Tottenham target Garcia to sign for Benfica

July 31, 2008

Espanyol coach Bartolome Marquez would not be surprised if forward Luis Garcia left the club to join Benfica.

The 27-year-old has been heavily linked to the Portuguese side - as well as Tottenham - since revealing in early July he was keen to link up with Spanish coach Quique Sanchez Flores.

Reports in the Portuguese press suggest the player and Benfica have reached an agreement, although the two clubs are yet to see eye to eye on a fee for the Spaniard.

Marquez told the Espanyol website, rcdespanyol.es, that the club had been in talks about the player, but until a decision is made he remains part of the squad.

'The stories are there, but I don't pay them any attention because my job is to coach. Everything else is down to the sporting director, Paco Herrera,' he said.

'However, it wouldn't be a surprise if he left because when people are talking about these things it's because there's something in them, although nobody has said anything to me.

'I know there was meeting, but the positions (of the two clubs) were very different, but I'm not going to focus on this matter.'

On Wednesday Herrera revealed that talks had been held with Benfica, but added: 'There is nothing advanced.'

A deal seems unlikely to be completed any time soon, as Luis Garcia has been included in the squad travelling to England to face Manchester United on Saturday.