Bojan Krkic holds the key to David Villa joining Barcelona after Unai Emery recommended the deal be agreed to if the youngster joined on loan, but the Catalan club are not keen with the proposal, according to a report.
The media in Valencia believe that a deal is in the offing after talks saw the proposition of a fee of €40 million put forward plus Krkic and Martin Caceres spending a year at the Mestalla.
While that was well received by los Che's coach, who views the young Catalan striker as the perfect replacement for Villa, Barca want another player to go on loan instead.
Eidur Gudjohnsen, Aliaksandr Hleb and Pedro have all been put forward to join Caceres at Valencia because the Blaugrana want Krkic to stay with them next term.
That could be the key to the deal though, Sport state, as the inclusion of the striker as a direct substitute for Villa is seen as the perfect answer for the squad and to placate the fans.
Valencia director Fernando Gomez stated yesterday that no bids had been officially made for Villa, but it is widely recognised that the talks which Barca revealed saw options put forward.
Real Madrid believe that the price of the striker is now too high, despite having already spent €161 million on two players and they look set to miss out.
Lucas Brown, Goal.com