Battle on for the Beast
By Lucas Brown & Patricio Figueroa
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Sevilla have revealed that a second English club has bid for Julio Baptista.Sevilla have revealed that a second English club have matched Arsenal's offer of é¼15million for Julio Baptista, but that too has been rejected.
The Andalucians' president, Jose Maria del Nido, made the announcement as pressure mounts over whether to cash in on their Brazilian star or risk losing him for a lot less next summer.
Baptista reiterated his desire to move to The Premiership and is hoping that Sevilla can strike a deal with one of his suitors, but so far the Spaniards have refused to play ball.
Del Nido refused to reveal the identity of Baptista's second suitor, but it is believed to be either Manchester United or Newcastle.
"There are more offers on the table now than there were last week," the Sevilla supremo confirmed.
"Another English team matched the offer that made Arsenal.
"But we have turned that down as well because it did not reach the amount that Sevilla believes the player is worth.
"There has been no more contact with Arsenal and so we have not received another (offer) from them."
Sevilla are still confident that they can persuade Baptista to stay put, despite the new Fifa regulation that allows a player over the age of 23 to move to a club outside of the country if they have been with a team for three years or more.
The highly-rated forward will have been at Sevilla three seasons next summer and the club could risk seeing him slip through their fingers.
But he is under contract until 2008 and del Nido thinks that there is a chance that he could stay.
"He has never refused to stay here for that length of time, he has only refused to sign an extension to the deal," del Nido concluded.
Meanwhile, another of Sevilla's Brazilian contingent, midfielder Renato, has also revealed his desire to quit the club.
The 26-year-old has claimed he is ready to rejoin Santos, the club he left to move to Sevilla, just one year after arriving in Spain.
"I have already spoken with the president of Santos and he told me that he would like to have me back in the team," Renato stated.
"I am under contract at Sevilla until 2009 but that is not a problem."