Valencia have confirmed that they have received a bid for striker David Villa that comes from outside of Spain, with speculation that Chelsea the most likely bidders.
The cash-strapped Primera Liga outfit are understood to be prepared to sell the 27-year-old, although Real Madrid remain favourites to sign Villa.
Valencia president Manuel Llorente has revealed a European offer for Villa has been received, although he has not confirmed whether it was from Chelsea.
He told regional newspaper Las Provincias: “Yes, we have an offer for Villa but not from Spain.”
Chelsea’s Spanish scout, Juan Cruz Sol, met with Valencia president Manuel Llorente to discuss Villa on Thursday.
But Cruz Sol is resigned to the fact that Villa may opt to stay in Spain and join big spending Real Madrid.
Valencia-based newspaper Levante quote Cruz Sol as saying after the meeting: “Chelsea made an important offer for him (Villa).
“But the answer (from Valencia) was ‘no’ because negotiations with Real Madrid are very advanced.
“Hence, there’s no possibility that Villa will go to Chelsea because he wants to go to Real Madrid.
“The purpose of the meeting was to have some contact and know with certainty what Villa’s situation is.
“Now we have clear ideas and we know that to expect.”