Raul may block Real Madrid's deal for Villa

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DiarioSport says Real are locked in negotiations with Valencia for the Spain international and an agreement could be confirmed publicly in the coming days.

After having an offer of £18 million cash plus Julio Baptista turned down, Real are receiving better encouragement with their new bid.

Real are offering £22 million cash plus a choice of Esteban Granero or Ruben de la Red in exchange for Villa, who has already informed friends he's keen on a move to Madrid.

The one stumbling block could be Real captain Raul, who may push to block the deal as Villa would be a clear threat to his first team place next season.

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