Che: Sagnol our first choice
By Mark Kendall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Valencia insist that Bayern Munich's Willy Sagnol is their top defensive target.Valencia have insisted that Bayern Munich's Willy Sagnol is their top defensive target this summer.
The Primera outfit are looking to bring in a new right back with injury-prone Curro Torres having recently undergone yet more surgery on his persistent knee ligament complaint.
It was thought that AZ Alkmaar's Jan Kromkamp was top of their wish-list, but new boss Quique Flores seems to have set his sights on Sagnol.
However, a deal for the French international will not come cheap and if it ultimately proves too costly then the Che will turn to either Kromkamp or Mallorca's David Cortes.
"Sagnol is our preferred option," director of sport Javier Subirats stated.
"If we are not able to close a deal then the next in line is Kromkamp - that is clear."
Having completely revamped their coaching staff, the Che are also overhauling their squad and have already brought in Edu and Patrick Kluivert.
They remain busy, though, and are close to striking deals for both Mario Regueiro and David Villa.
Uruguayan international Regueiro is a left-sided midfielder who is available on a free transfer having come to the end of his contract at Racing Santander.
He is also a target for Espanyol - and was thought to be interesting Manchester United - but is now close to agreeing a move to the Mestalla.
Spain international striker Villa will join from Zaragoza for é¼12 million, with Valencia having agreed upon a deal to pay in instalments.