Valencia have reacted angrily to media reports claiming that they have agreed to transfer midfielder Carlos Soler to Barcelona.
On Monday morning, Diario AS reported that a deal was in place for Barcelona to buy Soler for £16.8 million.
Liverpool and Arsenal have also been connected with the Spanish international, who has been a Valencia player since he was eight years old.
‘In reaction to a report published this Monday in the Spanish publication Diario AS, Valencia CF denies the existence of any agreement – or any continuing negotiations – with FC Barcelona for the sale of Carlos Soler,’ read an official club statement.
‘The club is now negotiating an extension of the player’s contract with Valencia CF with the player and his representation.’
The Spanish side tweeted the remark, along with the phrase ‘Don’t lie!’
Soler’s current contract at the Mestalla is set to expire in the summer of 2023, and the club has said that they are attempting to extend it.
According to Diario AS, the key to completing the trade would be for Barcelona to sell Frenkie de Jong, who has been linked with Manchester United and Bayern Munich.
Soler has appeared in 219 games for Valencia and scored 35 goals since graduating from the academy in 2016.
The 25-year-old has 11 goals in 28 LaLiga games this season and needs only one more to equal his career-high for goals in a single season. In the absence of Jose Gaya, he has also led the team on multiple occasions this season.