Valencia boss makes admission that could be good news for Harry Winks after reports

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Gennaro Gattuso has now admitted that Valencia cannot afford a deal for Juventus’ Arthur Melo, which could have an impact on the future of Tottenham midfielder Harry Winks.

AS reported on Wednesday that while Valencia were keen on signing Arthur on loan this summer, the La Liga club had identified Winks as their plan B in case a deal for the Brazilian does not materialise.

The report claimed the Spurs midfielder is waiting to see how the situation pans out as moving to the Mestalla is his first preference, even revealing that he had rejected advances from Sampdoria.

AS also added that Tottenham would be open to loaning the 26-year-old out as the North London club have not received suitable offers for the midfielder so far this summer.

In what comes as a potential boost to Winks’ chances of getting his reported transfer wish, Gattuso has now admitted that the Spanish club’s pursuit of Arthur is dead in the water as they cannot afford the midfielder’s wages.

When asked about Valencia’s pursuit of the Juve star, Gattuso told TuttoMercatoWeb: “The player has a salary that is absolutely out of our reach. We cannot afford it. This is the truth.”

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Hopefully, this means that Valencia will now push ahead with a loan move for Winks. While Tottenham would have ideally preferred to sell the 26-year-old permanently, a loan move might not be a terrible outcome.

If Winks does well at the Mestalla, which I expect him to, Spurs could potentially get £10m-£15m for him next summer, even though he will only have a year left on his contract.

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