Milan closing in on Baraja
By Lorenzo Zacchetti
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The Italian giants are looking to build on last season's success, which saw them lift the Champions League trophy - beating rivals Juventus in the final via a penalty shoot-out.
The 28-year-old midfielder was linked with a move to Manchester United earlier this year but the player himself moved to deny the reports, indicating that he had had no contact with the Premiership champions.
Valencia's financial problems have been well documented and they may well be forced to sell some players to balance the books.
Baraja would not come cheap however and Milan may well have to offer former Atletico Madrid loanee Fabricio Coloccini as part of the deal.
With the current financial climate surrounding football, many clubs are looking to cheaper young players to bolster their squads but Braida insists that his club will not be following that policy and will be investing in experienced stars.
He said: "That is the route we have decided to go, because we know that young players may become too excited playing in The San Siro.
"Our wonderful fans are also very demanding and youngsters need time to establish themselves in a top team.
"That doesn't mean we will not bring young players in any more but that we will have to be selective, if not extremely selective."
The Italian press feel that Juventus have secured one of the best signings of the summer so far with the captures of Chievo international defender Nicola Legrottaglie, but Braida feels that the jury is still out on the 26-year-old.
"This time of year every club is sure they have done the best business they can do," he added. "In the end it's only action on the pitch which tells you who is right and who is not.
"Was Legrottaglie the real hit of this summer`s market? Action on the pitch will tell."