Sevilla to sell Baptista
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Sevilla are waiting for Arsenal to make a new bid for Julio Baptista.Sevilla are waiting for Arsenal to use the money reaped from the sale of Patrick Vieira to launch a new bid for Julio Baptista.
Vieira's move to Juventus will net The Gunners é¼20 million (£13.5 million) and they are due to put that cash into a fresh offer for Baptista.
Arsenal have already failed with one bid for the Brazil international, while Tottenham are also understood to be keen on the striker.
Spanish side Sevilla had previously been reluctant to sell the free-scoring attacker but their stance has now softened as they wait for a suitable offer.
Reports claim that Gunners vice chairman David Dein held talks with Sevilla officials in Turin on Thursday, with a new bid due to be forthcoming.
Sevilla president Jose Maria Del Nido has confirmed the club are now ready to sell Baptista this summer to glean the maximum value for the 23-year-old.
"Julio Baptista will not continue in Sevilla this year," Del Nido told radio station RAC 1.
"If we receive a figure between é¼20 million and é¼25 million (£17 million) we can sell Julio Baptista.
"If we do not do it now we will lose money since the compensation from the Fifa tribunal will be lower.
"We have not received any offer, neither formal nor informal, from Barcelona for the player."
Baptista's agent revealed on Thursday that Barcelona had been in contact after the South American expressed a desire to stay in Spain.
The hit-man, who previously played in midfield, is aware another season in La Liga will enable him to secure a European passport and it remains to be seen if he is ready to go to Highbury this summer.
Arsenal have the money to make a suitable offer to Sevilla and Baptista and the capture of the Brazilian would temper the loss of skipper Vieira to Juventus.