Valladolid Director Says Contract Talks With Defender Have Stalled Amid Man Utd & Everton Links


​Real Valladolid’s sporting director Miguel Angel Gomez has claimed Mohammed Salisu’s contract renewal talks have stalled due to transfer interest from Everton and Manchester United.

The centre back has thoroughly impressed this season having started 13 of Valladolid’s 14 La Liga matches, scoring once and claiming three clean sheets, and the defender has understandably attracted interest from across Europe.

However, it’s United and Everton who are supposedly showing the most interest at present, with Juan Mata’s father – Salisu’s agent – involved in a potential deal to Old Trafford.

As reported by Sport Witness, the 20-year-old has a very affordable release clause of €12m which, in modern football, is a very tempting proposition for admirers of the talented defender.

But the Spanish club aren’t willing to give Salisu up without a fight, desperate for the defender to sign a new contract with the ​La Liga outfit and stifle the interest of a potential transfer.

Gomez has now commented on the situation, as reported by ​Pucela Fichajes, saying: “Salisu perceives the love of the club because we have made three contracts in thirteen months.”

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He added: “He knows that he is an important player and that we would like to proceed with that renewal, but today there is a standstill.”

Sport Witness’ report states that the Toffees and the Red Devils are the teams to have ‘shown the most interest’ in Salisu, although neither has yet to bid for the Ghanaian national.

Salisu only last extended his contact on 22 May this year, but with growing interest from other clubs, Valladolid believe they need to offer him a bumper new contract.

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​Everton and ​United have had defensive frailties this season, both underperforming in the ​Premier League despite large summer investments in the squad.

With Salisu’s cheap release clause, and contract talks struggling to move forward, this January may be the perfect time for either of the aforementioned English sides to make their move.