Valencia’s sporting director says that the club are “very close” to signing Jeison Murillo, but that Geoffrey Kondogbia’s proposed move is still far from being finalised.
Mateu Alemany revealed that the La Liga club’s move for the Columbian defender is nearing it’s completion and that he could soon be announced as a Valencia player.
This week, representatives from the Spanish club visited Milan to kick off negotiations for Murillo and Kondogbia, despite the latter being part of Inter coach Luciano Spalletti’s plans at the San Siro.
The 24-year old midfielder responded to the advances of the La Liga side by skipping training, reportedly in an effort to force the move.
“It’s normal that people are nervous,” Alemany told reporters.
“The market is inflated and you have to take your time. We’re working to a schedule, and we’re going to raise the pace to hopefully get a couple of signings soon.
“With Murillo we’re very close to reaching a deal, but until he’s signed I’ll say nothing.
“Kondogbia is a bit further away and we’ll have to wait a little longer. He’s a player who cost a lot of money and he’s important.”
Spalletti also weighed in on the double-swoop, echoing sentiments that the Murillo deal is all but done and expressing his frustration over the possible loss of Kondogbia.
“He had this idea to change [teams], it came out of the blue and I tried to convince him [to stay], but someone else probably made him certain promises,” Spalletti told reporters.
“Still, [what was said] has to be shared, they have to let us know too. We didn’t pay two lire for him.
“If there’s a team that wants him then, well, let’s talk. If he doesn’t want to leave then, of course, we’d like to keep him.
“Murillo wants to leave, we talked when I arrived, but there was this idea, the club had a deal with the directors and found an agreement, so I think [he’ll leave],” the former Roma boss added.