Arsenal representation met with the Spaniards yesterday but their bid fell far short of previous estimations.
Reports emerging early this morning from Valenciana website SuperDeporte claim that Valencia CF will not be selling Vicente Guaita to Arsenal – not after their initial bid, at least.
Arsenal’s transfer liaison Dick Law traveled to Spain to meet with officials from Valencia regarding the transfer of the 26-year-old goalkeeper, but was told that Arsenal’s offered fee ‘did not meet anywhere near expectations’.
Arsenal were also told that the player is not for sale but, despite Law returning to London yesterday evening, fans should not expect negotiations to be over quite yet.
Guaita’s contract expires in the summer of 2015 and he was initially thought to be interested in renewing his contract with the club, however after being left on the bench for Valencia’s season opener against Malaga in favour of Diego Alves Guaita is thought to be dissatisfied.
Rumours have also circulated that Guaita has a supposed £30m release clause in his Valencia:
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Whilst most Arsenal fans would be pleased with the dramatic up-turn in form demonstrated by current goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny at the end of last season, a new shot-stopper is still one of manager Arsene Wenger’s top priorities.
After widespread speculation at the start of the summer an Arsenal bid for QPR ‘keeper Julio Cesar seemingly failed to materialise, so Guaita seems to be the most likely option for the Gunners.