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Aug 16, 2007

Sevilla reject Chelsea Alves bid

Sevilla have dismissed a bid from Chelsea for Daniel Alves as 'way below' what they would accept.

The UEFA Cup holders have been fending off interest from the Stamford Bridge side for the 24-year-old Brazil international defender, who has indicated that he would like to move to England.

A statement posted on the Sevilla website read: 'Sevilla would like to clarify, in relation to the news in various media stories relating to negotiations between this club and Chelsea of England for the transfer of the player to the London club, that Sevilla has considered the offer made by Chelsea to acquire the player as way below the level expected by the club (Sevilla).

'This being the case, Daniel remains a player of Sevilla FC.'

But Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho remains desperate to bring in the highly-rated wing-back and Alves' agent Geronimo Suarez still believes the transfer will go through once both clubs reassess the situation.

He said: 'We are expecting a solution between the clubs and are confident they are going to reach a deal.

'Sevilla have good reasons to maintain a hard position for the player because he is a star for them and they want him to stay there. Of course Chelsea want him, so both clubs at this moment need more time.

'It is not in my hands, it is in the hands of the directors of Chelsea and Sevilla, but we can hope the solution will arrive as soon as possible.

'He is determined to go there. He wants to close the deal as soon as possible,' he said.