Reyes agent in Arsenal talks
By Mark Kendall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Jose Antonio Reyes' agent has held talks with Arsenal over a price for his client.Reports in Spain claim that Jose Antonio Reyes' agent has met with Arsenal to broker a fee for which The Gunners would be willing to sell his client.
Spanish sources are convinced the player will be heading back to Spain in the summer, and insist Reyes has put the wheels in motion to secure his release.
Reyes's representative, Jesus Rodriguez de Moya, is reported to have met Arsenal vice-chairman David Dein a few days ago with the objective of agreeing a price for which The Gunners would be prepared to allow the Spain international to leave.
While happy on the pitch at Highbury, Reyes is understood to be unsettled off it having not adapted to life in England.
He was the victim of a hoax telephone call from a Spanish newspaper earlier in the season in which he admitted he would relish a return to Spain, and in particular to Real Madrid.
Indeed, it is with a move to Real in mind that Rodriguez de Moya is meant to have convened with Dein.
Los Merengues are set for a major overhaul of their playing staff in the summer with another trophyless season now a distinct possibility, and Reyes is one of their top targets.
The forward is known to be keen on a switch to the Santiago Bernabeu and acknowledged his pride that the capital club were reportedly following him during his current stay in Spain.
Reyes's former manager at Sevilla, Joaquin Caparros, is one of those convinced that the forward will return to Spain in the summer and sign for Real.
"Reyes has the profile to play for Real Madrid," Caparros stated when questioned on the matter.
"He has a lot of quality and I see him in the short term at Real Madrid."
If Arsenal do ultimately decide to offload the 21-year-old at the end of the season they will look to recoup most of the near £17 million fee they laid out on him in January last year.