Catalan newspaper Mundo Deportivo has reported that Valencia are holding out for the full €20 million price of left-back Jeremy Mathieu’s buy-out clause.
The experienced Frenchman is a target for Barcelona and has been suggested as a potential signing for Mauricio Pochettino at Tottenham Hotspur, but both sides have no room to manoeuvre in terms of price.
Valencia have played hard ball with Barca over the price of the player so far, already brushing off a €15 million offer as Luis Enrique tries to compensate for the absence of Carles Puyol next season.
“Valencia president Amadeo Salvo has said that the Frenchman Jeremy Mathieu can leave Valencia if Barcelona pay the €20 million termination clause,” reports MD.
Tottenham’s interest in the player has been less official but the club still need a left-back ahead of the new season.
Although Spurs could compete in terms of price for Mathieu, they are disadvantaged against Barcelona in a number of ways with one of the most obvious being having no Champions League football.
An extra €5 million is unlikely to put Barca off of the player, but it shouldn’t be seen as a major blow for Spurs because there are other left-back options.
Tottenham are still linked with a possible move for Sporting Lisbon star Marcos Rojo, who was won of the only Argentina defenders at the World Cup to show anything close to consistency.
There are also still some lingering links over a move for Ben Davies of Swansea City, who is arguably a better signing than either of the above because of his Premier League experience.
However, in Davies’ case, Liverpool are also thought to be looking at him in case they aren’t able to pull off a deal for Alberto Moreno of Sevilla.
Mathieu would have been a very clever and experienced signing by Pochettino and they still have a chance of getting him, but only if Barca withdraw from negotiations over his transfer.