Fran Villalba
Fran Villalba made his Valencia debut under Gary Neville. Getty


  • Barcelona and Real Madrid are also reportedly monitoring the situation.
  • Earlier the Spaniard's agent confirmed Jose Mourinho's side's interest in the player.

Valencia have set up a meeting with Fran Villalba's agents to commit the youngster's long-term future to the club, according to Super Deporte. Barcelona and Real Madrid have both been linked with the 18-year-old in recent times, while earlier this week stories emerged about an approach from Manchester United.

Villalba has garnered a big reputation in the Valencia academy, ever since he was named in the first team during pre-season in 2015 by former boss Nuno Espirto Santo.

Former Manchester United star Gary Neville was also impressed during his short tenure at the club, handing Villalba his La Liga debut in a derby against Villlarreal prior to another chance in the Copa del Rey defeat to Barcelona.

However, his future with Los Che has since fell under scrutiny. Villalba has failed to break through into the first team full-time, while a number of big clubs are looking to lure him away from Mestalla.

In May Super Deporte reported Real Madrid were closely monitoring the situation, while in recent times he has been heavily linked with a move to Barcelona.

The Catalans enjoy a strong relationship with the Valencia board following the summer arrivals of Paco Alcacer and Andre Gomes, and Plaza Deportivo recently suggested they were ready to pay Villalba's €4m release clause to lure him to the Nou Camp.

However, earlier this week it emerged the La Liga rivals faced stiff competition from Manchester United, with the Red Devils also tracking the starlet.

Villalba's agent himself confirmed to Sport Witness that United have already made initial contact to – while Phil Neville denied reports suggesting his brother Gary had been the one who recommended the player to Jose Mourinho.

Valencia have reacted quickly to these revelations though, with Super Deporte reporting they have arranged a meeting with Villalba's agents to clarify the situation. The player is contracted until the summer of 2018, but Super Deporte says they will offer him a new deal to ward off the interest of Manchester United and other big sides.