Che hit problems over duo
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Valencia have hit problems in their bid to keep Jaime Gavilan and David Silva.
Valencia have encountered problems in their bid to keep Premiership targets Jaime Gavilan and David Silva at the Mestalla.
Gavilan is being courted by Arsenal, while The Gunners' North London rivals Tottenham are tracking Silva.
The midfield duo spent last season away from Valencia, with Gavilan impressing while on loan at Getafe and Silva sparkling at Celta Vigo.
Che coach Quique Sanchez Flores is keen to have the pair in his plans next season and it was thought Gavilan and Silva had agreed new contracts until 2011.
But Valencia's sporting director Amadeo Carboni concedes the club have hit a stumbling block in tying the players down to long-term deals.
"The club want them to stay and they also wish it to be so," said Carboni.
"Although, yes, it is certain that there is some problem in the negotiation."
The issue appears to concern the wages Gavilan and Silva earn, with the latter admitting he has offers from elsewhere.
Silva told Radio Nou: "We deserve something more than what we have.
"The truth is that, yes, we have received offers from other teams that value us."
Staying with Valencia remains the priority for the midfield prospects, but Arsenal and Spurs will be watching closely for any further breakdown in negotiations.