Valencia president Anil Murthy has commented on the ongoing Maxi Gomez saga. West Ham and Valencia have locked horns to sign the Celta Vigo striker and this transfer saga is edging closer to its conclusion.
But it is no clearer to being resolved. West Ham can offer Gomez more money, while Valencia can offer him the chance to stay in Spain and play Champions League football.
Gomez is still undecided on his future and both West Ham and Valencia are being made to wait. However, Murthy has now broken his silence on the Gomez situation in an attempt to rush things along.
Anil Murthy on Maxi Gomez
As reported by Spanish media outlet AS, Valencia president Murthy has fired a message at Gomez amid this transfer saga. He has said that he only wants players who are ‘fully convinced’ in a bid to make Gomez make up his mind.
Roughly translated by our browser, Murthy said (quotes via AS): “We want players who are fully convinced of being in our project and who grow with us (…) We want committed people like Cillessen, who wanted to be part of the Valencia family and since he learned of the interest, did not listen to other proposals.”
Reading between the lines
It is unclear whether these are mind games from Murthy or whether he is just being straight. If it is the latter, then West Ham have been handed some fresh encouragement in this chase.
Calling between Valencia and West Ham is incredibly tough at this stage as both sides appear to have a 50/50 chance. However, Murthy might be indicating that Valencia are ready to move on and look at new targets unless Gomez pledges his future to Valencia.
Alternatively, this could be a clever ploy from Murthy to rush Gomez into a decision. Murthy will be aware that Gomez favours a move to Valencia because he does not need to move abroad and he can play Champions League football.
But the longer this saga drags on, the more likely he is to be convinced by Manuel Pellegrini’s project and lured by the Premier League riches. If Murthy can get Gomez to make a swift decision, Valencia might just beat West Ham to this signing.