Valencia president Manuel Llorente has slapped an €88million price-tag on David Villa.
Valencia president looks to warn off any interested parties
Valencia president Manuel Llorente has moved to price David Villa out of the market by slapping an €88million price-tag on the forward.
The Spain international has been constantly linked with a move away from the Mestalla in recent years as Los Che continue to struggle financially.
Valencia have so far managed to resist the temptation to cash in on their major asset but last week appeared resigned to losing the former Real Zaragoza man.
Head coach Unai Emery admitted that Villa would be allowed to leave but only if they were able to bring in a replacement of a similar standard.
The 27-year-old was reportedly close to joining either Real Madrid or Barcelona in the summer for a fee believed to be around €44million but now Llorente reveals that any interested party would have to double that amount to land the frontman.
"The value for any deal was €44million minimum but we have decided to increase this to double - €88million," he said.
"My opinion of David's value is because he has demonstrated his quality in all competitions. The price is placed by the current market not by our desires."
Llorente added that if the valuation was met Valencia have proved in the past that they can succeed without their biggest stars.
"We do not have to accept. We do not have fears to sell because Valencia have been in a similar situation in the past with players like (Gaizka) Mendieta, Claudio Lopez or Gerard and we are still alive," he highlighted.