Albiol eyes 'perfect' Premier club  

Wednesday, 25 March 2009

Arsenal and Liverpool are reportedly persuade Raul albiol to join their club next summer. The Valencia central defender Raul Albiol has admitted he would welcome a move to one of the Premier League's big guns.

The Spanish side are in the midst of a cash crisis and have already admitted that they could be forced to sell a number of star players in a bid to balance the books.

Strikers David Villa and David Silva have been attracting admiring glances from across Europe, while Albiol has been linked with a possible switch to Arsenal or Liverpool.

The Spain international had previously stated he was keen to remain at the Mestella, but while he is happy with Los Che he admits the lure of a move to England could prove hard to resist.


Albiol told "If I leave Valencia I would only go to a big club.

"The Premier League could be perfect because I have always been a fan of the football they play.

"But I am happy in Valencia at the moment."

The 23-year-old still has two more years to run on his current contract with reports suggesting a fee of around 20million euros (£18.5million) would be enough to secure his services.

Valencia's sporting director Fernando Gomez confirmed that clubs from England were monitoring Albiol, but are yet to make their interest official with a firm bid.

Gomez said: "The situation has not changed and we are obliged to sell players. We know of the English interest but we have not received a formal offer for Raul."


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