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Arsenal considering £17m for Valencia keeper

Arsenal are reportedly lining up a move for Vicente Guaita

By | 21st August 2013
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Arsenal have reportedly sent a representative to Valencia to discuss the potential signing of the club’s goalkeeper Vicente Guaita for a fee believed to be around £17 million, according to is reporting that after being left on the bench in favor of Brazilian keeper Diego Alves during Valencia’s 1-0 weekend victory against Málaga, the Spanish shot-stopper was left furious with his current situation, despite claiming only last week that he would stay at the club and fight for a starting spot.

The 26-year-old Valencia youth team product has been previously linked with a move to Barcelona as Victor Valdes’ replacement next summer, but it appears that Arsenal have acted quickly in their pursuit of the player, sending chief negotiator Dick Law to commence talks regarding terms with Valencia president Amadeo Salva.

Although no agreement has been reached yet, the two sides are expected to engage in further talks on Wednesday, with Salvo claiming earlier today that Guaita would only be allowed to leave upon requesting a transfer.

“It will have to be he who says he doesn’t want to stay at Valencia [because] we don’t want to sell him and we will protect the interests of our club,” he told reporters, according to

“If he wants to leave, he will have to say so. We want him to renew his contract, but it is up to him whether he accepts or rejects our offer. Nobody has told me anything about Arsenal, but if anyone wants to sign him his clause is €30m (£25.5m),” he added.

Guaita has a release clause of £25 million, but is likely to be available for a much-reduced fee of around £17 million, especially after Valencia recently retracted a contract renewal for the player.

Meanwhile, Spanish radio network Cadena Ser is reporting that the goalkeeper has already said his goodbyes to his team-mates, leading to further speculation of the player’s departure. If a move to the Emirates were to transpire, Guaita would find himself in yet another fight for the first-choice spot against current Arsenal starter Wojciech Szczęsny, whose first-choice status was solidified at the age of just twenty years old.

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