Valencia & Udinese battling it out for Almeria's Pablo Piatti - reports

The Argentina international has gathered a list of admirers and a summer transfer could be on the cards
Pablo Piatti could be on his way out of Segunda Division side Almeria in the summer transfer window, as both Valencia and Udinese have shown an interest in signing the forward, La Gazzetta dello Sport and Marca report.

The 22-year-old attacker has a contract until the summer of 2015 with the recently-relegated Spanish side, but is eager to move to a bigger club ahead of the new season.

Udinese are in the market for a new attacker because of the expected departure of Alexis Sanchez to Barcelona and they see Piatti as a possible replacement.

Barca vice president Josep Maria Bartomeu met with Gino Pozzo, son of Udinese owner Giampaolo, at the weekend to discuss the final details of the Sanchez deal and the Serie A side's interest in Piatti could mean that the Chilean's transfer is imminent.

The Serie A side face stiff competition from Valencia, however, in the race for Piatti's signature. The Mestalla outfit are looking to add some more creativity to their squad, and with uncertainty regarding the future of winger Juan Mata, who has been linked with Liverpool, they see the Argentina international as a possible alternative.

Valencia are reportedly ready to offer €6 million for Piatti and it could prove tempting for Almeria, who may be forced to cash in on their star player this summer after falling through the Primera Division trapdoor.

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