Mustafi: Late last night Valencia finally confirmed the German “weltmeister” had signed for the club on a 5-year deal. The price is said to be between 8 and 9 million euros depending on variables and the player will make 1,3 million euros per year. Mustafi is the 4th German to play for the club after Hildebrand, Quique Medina and Rainer Bonhof. Curro Torres was actually also born in Germany but was Spanish of nationality.
Akapo: The right back from Numancia yesterday signed for Valencia for the next three years and will mainly play for Mestalla. He will have a role similar to Dani Ramirez and participate in a number of 1st team trainings.
Balanta: Lazio seem to have gotten the upper hand in trying to bring the Colombian to Europe. The Italian club has intensified contacts with River Plate. Valencia are dependent on both freeing up a non-EU spot and offloading Victor Ruiz for the transfer to be on the cards again. The club is considering letting Ruiz leave on a free, provided he pardons the 2 years left on his contract. Marca yesterday reported that Valencia had a rather limited budget available for the fourth central defender (2 million) which could further push Balanta away, his worth set to 8,5 million Euro by the Argentines.
Enzo Pérez: Plaza reports that Jorge Jesus will not block his move to Valencia. Pérez is still expected to play the Portuguese supercup, but not in the league.
Joao Cancelo: The full back will, according to Portuguese paper Record play the coming season on loan at Valencia.
Zuculini: The La Coruña press claims the midfielder is ever getting closer to joining Deportivo. The Valencia press is convinced Ayala’s good relationship with the player and agent will prevail, and the Argentine media claims City want him to stay in Premier League on loan at another club. The English media quotes all of the others.
Viera: Nuno yesterday created a problem when he had Viera train on the side with Ruiz, Jonas, Banega and Postiga. The Canary Island born mediapunta was outraged that he for the second year running was found too light, and that he was set aside without previous warning. The player have asked his agent to contact the player’s union to study his possibilities.
Jonas: Deportivo are very interested in the Brazilian but after learning his and Valencia’s terms, Victor Fernandez stated “Jonas is of interest, but it is impossible”.
Banega: Sevilla maintain their firm interest in Banega and a formal offer is expected soon. According to Deportevalenciano, Sevilla and the player already have an agreement. Valencia will expect somewhere between 5 and 7 million euros for the burger-loving man, similar to offers received recently which have been turned down by the player
Rober: The young right winger have several clubs interested in him but for now Nuno’s plan is to keep him at Mestalla, but that might change as he wants a squad of only 21 players due to the limited number of matches.
The refurbishment of Mestalla continues, and the stadium now sports a black and orange look.