Del Horno set for move to Valencia as Chelsea agree fee

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Chelsea have accepted an offer from Valencia for their defender Asier del Horno. They have not revealed any details of the fee involved, but Del Horno has travelled to Spain to discuss the deal with the La Liga club.

Del Horno, 25, joined the Premiership champions from Athletic Bilbao for £8m last summer but struggled to hold down a regular place in Jose Mourinho's side.

The imminent sale could prompt Chelsea to move for another left-back. They continue to be linked with Arsenal and England's Ashley Cole, with reports stating he could complete a £16m move across the capital as early as next week.

In Italy, the Juventus manager Didier Deschamps has claimed that his World Cup-winning goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon is following Alessandro Del Piero's example by staying at Juventus in Serie B.

Juventus will start next season in Italy's second division with a 30-point deficit after they were found guilty of match fixing. So far Lilian Thuram, Fabio Cannavaro, Emerson and Gianluca Zambrotta have left, while Patrick Vieira is reportedly on the verge of a move to Internazionale.

However, Buffon, reportedly a target of Arsenal and Milan, has indicated he is willing to stay, and Deschamps said: "We have managed to keep the goalkeeper. I am 100 per cent certain that Buffon is staying. It is important that we have managed to keep a world-class goalkeeper and a world-class striker, so that we are well covered at both sides of the pitch. Currently, four players have left, but I am hopeful others will decide to stay with us."

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