Valencia to set 'Operation Midfielder' in motion, with a bid for Giannelli Imbula

The Spanish club are prepared to outbid Tottenham Hotspur, in the race to sign the highly valued Marseille midfielder.

Meetings between manager Nuno Espirito Santo and Valencia executives, over recent days, have been establishing what areas of the team need strengthening the most, ahead of the 2015-16 season.

The season begins early for Valencia, given they must face preliminary games to qualify for the Champions League group stages, therefore the ideal scenario is to conclude as much transfer business as possible, before the team commences their pre-season training schedule.

In what local sports outlet Super Deporte have labelled 'Operation Midfielder', there's a strong desire to incorporate a top-quality midfield destroyer, who can bolster the ranks alongside the key trio of Javi Fuego, Enzo Perez and Dani Parejo.

As such, the primary target highlighted for Valencia, is Marseille's powerful 22-year-old, Giannelli Imbula, who completed a highly impressive 2014-15 campaign with the French club.

According to The Sun recently, Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy has been leading negotiations to reach a deal with Marseille, reportedly offering cash plus Etienne Capoue in part-exchange.

However, the French club aren't so receptive to the idea of taking any unwanted Spurs players, The Sun suggested in their report, preferring a straight £18 million cash deal if they're to sell.

The ball is now back in Levy's court, and it remains to be seen if he'll be prepared to meet the full valuation and terms set by Marseille, with a straight cash deal, but the clock is now ticking.

Valencia won't have any problems making a cash offer, won't be looking to offer any players in part-exchange, and for the aforementioned reasons, will want to conclude business quickly.

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