Roberto Ayala looks to be on his way to Villarreal at the season's close, with his agent having grown exasperated by Valencia's reticence to begin contract negotiations.
The robust Argentine's existing deal at Valencia expires in the summer and it would appear he is readying himself for one final move.
Ayala has long been established as one of the best defenders currently playing in Europe but it would appear Valencia are preparing for life without the South American.
His agent, Gustavo Mascardi, has confirmed that Villarreal look in pole position to land his player's services for next season.
"The officials of Valencia haven't got in touch with me for renewing Ayala's contract so it's very possible that he will not continue playing in this team," said Mascardi.
"To make a decision there are two options, what I think and what Ayala thinks, and my decision is to make him play at Villarreal because it's me who has to handle the negotiation.
"In addition to that, there isn't another proposal, neither from Valencia nor from any other team.
"If Valencia think that Ayala has to leave that team we must respect what they think, in the same way Villarreal are thinking of starting a new season with him.
"So that's why I think that Roberto Ayala will play at Villarreal."