No Real offer for Valencia yet says agent
Tuesday 30 December 2008
Antonio Valencia's agent claims he has not had any contact with Real Madrid but admits the Wigan winger would jump at the chance to secure a move to the Bernabeu.
Speculation has been rife that the Spanish champions are set to table a 17 million euro (£16.6m) bid for Valencia, with reports suggesting they have already opened discussions with Wigan.
Diego Herrera remained coy about his client's future but hinted the Ecuador international could be off as early as next week.
"It would be a dream for Antonio to move to Real Madrid: a very beautiful opportunity," he told AS. "But until there is something official I don't want to say anything.
"They haven't said anything to me.
"When there is an official announcement from someone with authority at Madrid, called (Pedro) Mijatovic or (Carlos) Bucero, telling us of an offer, then we will talk.
"I have understood that Madrid want to close the signing that they are chasing during the first week of January.
"We will see what will happen in the next few days."
Real Madrid have already made two signings ahead of the January transfer window, bringing in Lassana Diarra and Klaas Jan Huntelaar.
However, the club are currently at loggerheads with Uefa over the regulation that states that only one player who has already played in Europe this season can be registered for the Champions League.
Diarra and Huntelaar were both involved in the Uefa Cup with former clubs Portsmouth and Ajax.
The signing of Valencia would pose no such problems.
Herrera's colleague insists the 23-year-old is only focusing on Wigan at the moment, altough he too revealed there would be concrete news shortly.
"Next week it will be known if Antonio will finally become a Real Madrid player," Pedro Romero said.
"Valencia doesn't want to say anything because people could misunderstand his words.
"Moreover, he wants to concentrate solely on his team, Wigan, and put to one side all the rumours about his transfer."
Valencia moved to Wigan initially on a season-long loan deal in 2006, which was then extended into the following season before the Premier League club shelled out an undisclosed fee for the former Villarreal player.
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