March 12, 2009

Valencia has to find $96 million by the end of June as the first step in its six-year plan to put the club back on a sound financial footing. That could, however, mean selling its star players.

Los Che are in dire straits and letting David Villa or David Silva go could just be the start of what is sure to be a troubling close to the current campaign both on and off the pitch.

The team has struggled for results since Christmas and the turmoil behind the scenes has only gained some stability thanks to a plan drawn up by director Javier Gomez.

He has presented a six-year plan that is certain to see the club having to be weakened before it can grow again because his plans insist that the organization needs $96 million in the next 14 weeks.

The sale of the land that the Mestalla stands on is one option but this remains a problematic subject.

Agreeing huge loans with financial institutions is also being worked on but, without the national and international pulling power of Barcelona or Real Madrid, the lure for banks and money lenders is not strong.

Selling players is the third and most likely avenue to raise substantial sums and, with Manchester City now cash-rich and interested in Villa, a huge deal could be in the offing.

Both Barca and Madrid are also said to be keen on securing the services of El Guaje and that could see Valencia able to raise its asking price.

If the club insists it will not let its stars leave, or enough of them at least, then it could face having to suspend players' wages over the summer as it looks for another contingency for the new season.

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