With the agreement between Meriton and Bankia confirmed by Amadeo Salvo, Valencia fans can finally turn their attention to the last few transfers expected and not least the Trofeo Naranja at Mestalla this Sunday where tickets are nearly sold out in what promises to be one of the more memorable presentation matches in years. We will take you through the current rumours around Valencia and which are real and which are probably not.
Joao Cancelo looks set to become the next player in and is according to several respected sources already in Valencia waiting to sign. The right back is described as a mirror of José Gayá who have impressed during pre-season on the opposite side. The Portuguese will arrive under the same conditions as Rodrigo Moreno and André Gomes. The recipe is that Meriton buy the players’ financial rights, however a company cannot possess the players licence which means that the previous club (often Benfica) will loan those out to Valencia. Once Meriton completes the takeover officially, it is expected that the players will pass to be Valencia’s “property”.
Many are eagerly anticipating the arrival of Enzo Pérez. The dynamic midfielder is crucial to Nuno and to install a more balanced central midfield and strengthen it’s capabilities in transition play (when the team looses or wins the ball). Even though the 25 or 30 million euro might seem steep for a 28 year-old, Pérez’ competencies are not readily available in the market. Neither would he be the first to claim such prices at that age (Zidane anyone?). Earlier, both the Valencia press and the Portuguese press took for granted that a deal already existed between Benfica and Meriton, but the last days doubt has been created by Benfica president Viera’s comments about Pérez only leaving for his clause. That, however is not new; Viera said the same back in May. Amadeo Salvo also confirmed yesterday that Jorge Mendes will be a resource the club will turn to and with his influence in Portugal it remains to be seen which price he will negotiate for his friend Lim.
Jackson Martinez is still Lim’s first choice as his marquee signing. The Colombian striker has had a fantastic pre-season for Porto and also scored in yesterday’s opening win for the club. Porto president Pinto Da Costa has as his Benfica colleague told the press that it is the clause or nothing, so it remains to be seen whether this will be possible. If not, Lim will look to add an other important striker to the squad. Rumours circulating around Torres, Negredo, Huntelaar, Chicharito etc is a mixture of agents offering them to the club and pure rumours at this point.
In addition to that, Valencia is looking to sign another midfielder. The intention is to add a competitor for Javi Fuego, preferably young and with potential. After the failure to convince ex-Villarreal manager Manuel Pellegrini to loan the player to the club, names such as Obiang and Filipe Augusto is gaining strength. The latter is difficult due to his non-eu status.
Ever Banega is not wanted at the club after 6 years of ups and downs. Sevilla are still favourites after the player publicly admitted he’d love to play for Valencia’s rivals. Unai Emery is said to call the player every day to check up on him and see him as the replacement for Rakitic.
Joao Pereira seems to be the one that will leave when Cancelo joins, while Antonio Barragan is in renewed talks over a new deal. Pereira is linked both with Turkish sides Besiktas, Galatasaray and Fenerbahce as well as several Portuguese clubs.
Jonas is also set to leave but his destination remains unknown. Several clubs have shown interest but none have materialized yet. Portugal and Turkey are again mentioned as possible destinations.
Helder Postiga looks set to repatriate to his native Portugal. Benfica have joined Braga and Sporting on the rumour mill.
Vinicius is still struggling to find a destination in Spain due to his non-eu status. There are no news.