Baptista blow for Sevilla
By Tom Adams
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Premiership target Julio Baptista will not be signing a new deal with Sevilla.Julio Baptista's agent has revealed that his client will not be signing a new deal at Sevilla, and opened the door on a potential move to The Premiership.
'The Beast' has proved to be one of La Liga's most feared hit-men after 50 goals in two seasons with Sevilla, although he will now look to make the step up to one of Europe's biggest sides after the club failed to match his wage demands.
Whilst Baptista is under contract until 2008 he has been the subject of strong interest from both Real Madrid and Barcelona after transforming himself from a midfielder into a striker during his time in Spain.
However, with both Arsenal and Manchester United rumoured to be tracking his progress, Baptista's agent Juan Figer revealed that whilst negotiations with Spain's big two are yet to get off the ground he has already been mulling over a move abroad.
"Julio will not be renewing his contract with Seville," said Figer.
"We gave our terms to them but there was no agreement, now the situation for him has changed.
"If Julio is the most important player at Sevilla, as they say he is, then his wages must reflect that and they do not.
"It looks as if they don't want him any more.
"We are not negotiating a possible move to Real Madrid or Barcelona, as has been suggested.
"But we have been discussing a move abroad."
Reports in England suggest that Arsene Wenger is ready to add to his former La Liga contingent with the purchase of the Brazilian star, with The Gunners ready to invest heavily over the summer in a bid to catch up with Chelsea.
Spain has proved to be a rich source of talent for Wenger in recent times, and if Baptista makes the move to Highbury he would link up again with former Sevilla star Jose Antonio Reyes.