Earlier reports suggested Aleix Vidal to Barcelona is a 'done deal', but that now appears to be anything but the case.
After a report in Catalan outlet Sport claimed Sevilla winger Aleix Vidal, who can also operate as a full-back, is destined for a move to Barcelona in a €10 million deal, there has been a swift reaction in the south of Spain.
Andalucia based sports paper Estadio Deportivo have acknowledged that whilst there is inevitably interest from Barcelona, for the 25-year-old, the stories emerging from Catalunya and most importantly, the valuations, are very much wide of the mark.
Sources at Sevilla have responded to the claims, by insisting to Estadio Deportivo that if Aleix Vidal is to leave, the only offer they would consider is the full €25 million release clause valuation, as per his contract.
Vidal only joined Sevilla in June 2014, penning a four-year deal after his €3 million signing from Almeria, following his impressive first ever season in the Primera. His lightning speed, ability to burst past opponents at high velocity, plus his positional versatility, amongst the most eye-catching attributes.
However, hailing originally from Catalunya, with reports in various Spanish media outlets linking Vidal with interest over several months now, he has never denied that an opportunity to join Barcelona would be a dream.
Clearly any move will depend on the willingness of the player, but both he and Barcelona can be certain of one thing - Sevilla don't need to sell and if a formal approach comes, it would need to match that €25 million clause valuation.
Further doubts about a move in the summer have also been raised, given the FIFA transfer ban. Even if a deal was agreed, Barcelona would not be able to officially register the player in their squad, until January 2016.
At Sevilla, there's acceptance that such speculations of late surrounding the future of their manager, Unai Emery, and several of their key players, are inevitable after another successful Europa League winning campaign.
The stance of the Andaluz club is firm. They maintain there's no need to sell their stars and quite the opposite is planned, as they look to build on their existing squad, ahead of competing in the Champions League next season.