Real Madrid sports director Jorge Valdano is adamant that Chelsea-target Geremi will not be sold for less than the club’s asking price. « There is no way he’s going to leave for under £7 million, » he told onefootball.com
The London club are understood to only be prepared to pay £6 million, having refused to splash out the £8.5 million Real demanded last July.
Liga champions Valencia are also reported to be in the running for the 23-year-old.
« There is no way he’s going to leave for less than £7 million, » Valdano told onefootball.com. « We haven’t officially received an offer for Geremi. We’ve just had a few calls enquiring about his situation. »
The Cameroon defender claimed that he is the dark about a move from the Bernabeu. « All I know is what has been published in the press. Nobody has said anything to me, not even my agent.
« I experienced something similar at the end of last season. In the end I stayed in Spain. It’s complicated with the World Cup in the middle. I don’t want the situation to drag on as I want to be calm about it.
« I only want to go to a club where I can play as first-choice. I don’t mind whether that’s in Spain or in England, » he told onefootball.com
Chelsea attempted to sign Geremi three times last year but Real were unwilling to drop their then £8.5 million valuation.
The Spanish club could, however, wait to see if the player’s stock rises at the World Cup before agreeing any deal.
The defender only played eight times in the 2001-02 campaign as coach Vicente del Bosque preferred Michel Salgado in his position. He nevertheless made a key contribution during Cameroon’s triumph at the African Nations Cup in Mali.