As an exciting transfer window slammed shut on midnight Monday, Valencia had reinforced their squad with no less than 11 players. The signing of Álvaro Negredo was timed, perfected and a marketing wonder piece. The club had arranged everything from introductory videos to Negredo’s shirt being available in the online shop minutes after. This is yet another sign that the club is being professionalized.
The big let down of the market was the failure to sign Enzo Pérez. The delay in Peter Lim formally taking over the club proved too much of a challenge to overcome. That however, does not mean Valencia has given up on the midfielder. Portuguese paper A Bola assures that the two parties are destined to agree in January. The player’s agent also lamented not being able to carry through the transfer they were all expecting and hoping for. One of the other problems Valencia faced was the infamous FFP regulations….
La Liga’s Financial Fair Play regulations have caused an uproar in Spanish football this summer. The League has set a budget limit on each club, meaning that they can only spend so much on salaries. While Barcelona and Real Madrid have sky high budgets, reigning champions Atletico Madrid were limited at 80 million euros, Valencia at 79. Several teams seemed to be gifting players away towards the end of the window, like Valencia with Jonas, Postiga and Viera. The fact is that these were all due to the salary limit and Valencia had to get rid of their costs if they wanted to be able to sign Negredo. The most blatant example was however Getafe and Pedro Leon, the club’s best paid and maybe most important player. He could finally not be inscribed and ended up on a free transfer. Atletico Madrid, unlike Getafe was allowed to increase their budget to sign Alessio Cerci, proving yet another time that there are differences depending on who asks.
Filipe Augusto was the alternative to Enzo to reinforce the midfield. A different player but also a player Nuno knows very well from his Rio Ave days. The Brazilian was wanted also by Monaco but chose not to join the French league. Manchester City is also said to have followed the player over time.
Meanwhile, Bankia and Meriton have been taking small steps towards finally signing the contract between the two entities. There is now only one point of disagreement left, related to what would be done with any money raised by the selling of Valencia’s assets. The bank want to have it in written that parts of it will go to reduce the credit given. It is nt expected however to be a stumbling block.