Gabri Veiga: Celta Vigo president sends price warning to Barcelona, Real Madrid & Premier League suitors
By Tom Gott
Celta Vigo president Carlos Mourino has conceded that 20-year-old midfielder Gabri Veiga will be sold this summer but has warned interested parties that they will have to trigger his release clause to get a deal done.
90min understands that Barcelona and Real Madrid are both keen to land Veiga, whose contract includes a €40m release clause, while most of the Premier League's elite have kept informed about the midfielder.
Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham and Manchester City all scouted Veiga earlier this season and officials from Manchester United, Newcastle, Brighton and Brentford have since been present at Celta games to report on the Spaniard.
Speaking to Mundo Deportivo, Celta president Mourino admitted that they will be powerless to keep Veiga but stressed that there will be no negotiating over his €40m release clause.
"We do not want to sell Gabri Veiga, but they are going to buy him from us," Mourino said. "And we can't do anything about it. We know some of their offers and it's impossible for us to match them.
"There are several teams chasing Gabri. Real Madrid? They haven't spoken to us, we don't know if they have spoken to the player. Of the top ten teams in the Premier League, four have asked us about him.
"For us, and to make it clear, he is not for sale. We have nothing to negotiate with anyone. We refer to the clause. The decision is Gabri's, he will play wherever he wants."
90min understands Veiga is likely to remain in La Liga this summer, with a move to Real Madrid, Barcelona or even fellow suitors Atletico Madrid seen as more plausible than a switch to the Premier League.
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