'Everyone should know' - Newcastle sent strong Giorgi Mamardashvili message in £30m transfer chase

Valencia insist they are under no pressure to sell their best players, including Giorgi Mamardashvili, as clubs such as Newcastle United circle this summer.

The Magpies have a keen interest in the Georgian goalkeeper, who has seen his stock rise while at the Mestalla Stadium. Mamardashvili recently admitted his future would be decided 'very soon' as he prepares for the European Championships with his country.

Valencia have suffered major financial issues in recent seasons and were almost relegated from La Liga in the 2022/23 campaign. This season Mamardashvili has helped the former title winners to a modest ninth-place finish, which manager Ruben Baraja hopes will persuade key stars to stay put for another year.

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Valencia are said to be open to selling Mamardashvili for around €35m [£30m] this summer, with Newcastle one of many clubs interested in his servives. Baraja, however, has issued a stern warning to any suitors sniffing around Valencia's prized assets, insisting they won't be rolled into letting players go on the cheap.

"There is one important thing and everyone should know it. For Valencia to sell a player, there will have to be an offer that is accepted by the club and that the player wants to go to that team," the Valencia boss said this week.

"Circumstances have to occur that have not [yet] occurred for Mamardashvili, or for Javi Guerra, who people talk a lot about. When there is that situation, we will make a decision. Because if not, the feeling it gives is that everyone is leaving Valencia and this is going to be dismantled, and we cannot allow it.

"If the club decides to get rid of a player, which Valencia and any other club does because all teams sell, the important thing in the end is that an agreement is reached and the player wants to go, and all that has not happened. When offers occur that the club considers, it will surely evaluate whether they are positive or not.

"We cannot give the feeling that anything goes here, because it is not like that. There are some contracts and Valencia will get rid of players if necessary, not because we have to let players leave just because. They have great value and the increase in the team's assets this year is brutal, we have young players with a fantastic future and we want that valuation to be seen also when there is a sale."

Newcastle are hoping to strengthen their goalkeeping department, which is set to undergo a change this summer. Loris Karius was released by the club on Wednesday, while Martin Dubravka's future hangs in the balance.