Julio Insa yesterday evening claimed that Meriton and possibly Amadeo Salvo were having a crisis meeting. No other sources have confirmed this, but rather assure that the progress is slow but steady and that they do expect a deal to be in place before next Friday. The issue seems to be around guarantees. Bankia had previously accepted Peter Lim’s personal guarantees along with the clubs assets, which would include real estate. The bank however now asks for available liquid assets – all that is easily converted to cash. Previously there have also been hints that Bankia would refuse to accept guarantees tied to foreign real estate. According to Plaza Deportiva, the parties both blame each other for changing the terms since the agreement the 6th of june.
Victor Ruiz: The central defender who came for a record 7,5 million euros from Napoli could finally be approaching his end as a Valencia player. It has truly been a nightmare for the once promising Catalan. Personally though he thrives in Valencia and did not want to move. The solution seems to be a loan deal to Villarreal. The neighbours from the small village is willing to take him on loan with an option to buy, a deal that could work out well for all parties. IT would also be a step towards improving the relationship between clubs, which has deteriorated ever since Villarreal managed promotion to Primera.
Aly Cissokho: I guess I am not the only one bursting into a spontaneous dance when reading that Aston Villa were willing to take him on a permanent deal, even paying 3 million euros. Arguably one of the worst acquisitions of former sports director Braulio, the Frenchman never really settled in a team where there are high demands to the full backs as a part of the team’s build up play. A more physical game would fit him well, and it is probably again a deal that will work out well for all parties. And, true to his reputation, I am sure Aly will throw one to celebrate.
Ever Banega: Unai Emery wants Ever Banega as his Rakitic replacement. Sevilla sporting director Monchi is not so convinced. That means no formal offer has been presented by our rivals. Meanwhile there are still rumours that Banega could be involved in a trade off when Enzo Perez joins from Benfica, with the player also still considering forcing a move home to Newells.
Lucas Orbán: A name that has been mentioned before and that resurfaced yesterday after the Cissokho deal was known. The Bordeaux left back could be his replacement. The former River Plate man can also play on the left side of the central defence, making him an ideal addition to the squad. He also possesses a Spanish passport.
Balanta: The Colombian’s name is getting less and less mention next to Valencia these days, and a move to Italy’s capital looks on the cards. Both Lazio and Roma are pushing to convince the player. Roma are bracing for the possible sale of Mehdi Benatia, and could ironically end up signing two of Valencia’s old targets, adding also the Greek Manolas to their ranks.
Postiga: In Portugal they continue to insist that Sporting and Braga are likely destinations for the striker. Jorge Mendes has the task to place him, so Valencia are pretty relaxed on this one.
Zuculini: Deportivo has reportedly given up on the Argie, and although that is not apparent from the Valencia press, it seems very unlikely that City will want to loan him to a team where he’d play second fiddle. Instead, and as we have maintained for a week now, City looks set to arrange a loan in Premier League for the player to get experience while waiting for Frank Lampards departure to New York. Sunderland is said to be the team.
Enzo Pérez: Benfica seems resigned to the midfielder leaving, as soon as Meriton acquires Valencia.
Viera: Rayo have added itself to the list of suitors for the unwanted mediapunta. The player would have informed Deportivo that they aren’t his first choice and the most likely outcome at this point is a new deal with the Madrid team. Ahead of Depor, Viera also prefers a return to his old team, Las Palmas.
Joao Cancelo: The right back could follow Enzo Pérez to Valencia, as we reported yesterday. That would then open up for letting Antonio Barragan leave for interested Sevilla.
Nico Lopez: New claims from Italy that Valencia has an interest in the Uruguayan Udinese striker. No reliable sources
Vedran Corluka: The Croat has signed a new 5 year dell with Dinamo, effectively removing him from any transfer rumour list