The summer is progressing and some people start to go on holiday. That is not true for Valencia or the many journalists that follow them – and of course not for us at Chescandinavia either. Today’s #Chenews gives you the latest updates.
The selected goalkeeper is closing in on a move
The story of Gerónimo Rulli does not seem to stop producing surprises. From the very beginning the transfer looked difficult, as the player had stated his intention to stay with Real Sociedad where he was on loan last season. Then it emerged that Valencia, not Real Sociedad had come to an agreement with the player’s owners, and that in the agreement between Rulli and the investment company owning him through second tier team Maldonado in Uruguay, there was a paragraph giving the same right to decide the destination for Rulli if a Champions League team caught interest. Now it turns out that the “signed contract” Real Sociedad claimed to possess was in reality an email from May.
Valencia have now had their expert legal advisers to look into the contract and the conclusion is that the club can go ahead with the pursuit of the Argentinean. Valencia may however face competition from Manchester City, who could end up being the club that buys him. However, since Rulli is not a national team player for Argentina, he is not likely to get a work permit in Britain. City might therefore enter into a Courtois type deal with Valencia.
Belgian wonder kid next one in?
If you ever played Football Manager or career mode on FIFA, you must have heard of Zakkaria Bakkali. The Belgian winger who has been in PSV’s ranks has an expiring contract and there has been a race all summer to sign the winger. Now it seems that Valencia has beaten off interest from Atletico Madrid and Sevilla to land the player, now represented by Jorge Mendes. He can play on both flanks, has pace, acceleration and flair. On the negative side he has a history of some disciplinary issues. Nuno has agreed to take the player, at least for preseason. After that it will be decided whether he stays, or whether he would be sent out on loan to let’s guess; Benfica, Braga, Deportivo or something like that. Valencia look upon the transfer as an opportunity similar to that which presented itself upon signing Sofiane Feghouli.
Big haired Belgian joining?
No, we are not talking about Fellaini, but his country man and midfield colleague Axel Witsel. Valencia is on the lookout for another midfielder (Nuno wants two per position), and with his abilities, experience and agent (yeah, that guy Mendes again), he will fit perfectly. As Manchester United, Valencia also look to make a fortune selling silly fake hair for the supporters.
Zenit are willing to sell the player due to Financial Fair Play, but considering he joined for 40 million euros (from Benfica of course), we can’t really see this happening. AS are though among the media outlets claiming Valencia are favorites ahead of teams like Chelsea and Ac Milan.
Brazilian flop leaving
Vinícius Araújo was talked up to be the next big thing when he joined Valencia two summers ago. The life at Valencia however has been no success. His loan at Belgian side Standard also proved a failure, as the striker was firmly sat on the bench for the majority of the season. Now it looks as though he will return to where he came from, home club Cruzeiro in a move to revive his career in football. Cruzeiro wants to present him already July 1st.
Augusto Fernández still an opportunity
The interest for tha Celta midfielder was reportedly discontinued after Peter Lim thought the transfer too expensive for a relatively old and expensive player. Now it has emerged that Vélez president Raúl Gámez was in Spain to negotiate the transfer last week. The Argentinians still own 50% of the player and according to several media, they have the decision right if a bid arrives that is higher than 6 million euros. Vélez is very keen on selling and might help Valencia landing the player for a low price despite the 15 million clause.
As expected after the acquisition of Brazilian Rodrigo Caio, Valencia finally decided to withdraw from the chase of the midfielder. Even though the player was agreed between all parties at the club, he somehow in the end did not convince enough to pay the 20 million Marseille wanted. With Inter also withdrawing, new found interest from Arsenal and Napoli will spark new rumors over “the new Vieira”.
Parejo, new contract on the way
Yesterday Amadeo Salvo called the captain’s entourage to move forward on the signing of a new contract with the club. His current contract runs out next summer, but there has really never been any doubt he would end up signing with Valencia, despite interest from other teams, like Atletico Madrid.
Valencia tie down another promising left back
Jordi Alba left for Barcelona, then Juan Bernat emerged to become even better. Then Bernat left for Bayern, and last year José Gayá was the revelation of the season in La Liga. On the second team Salva Ruíz is waiting for a chance (Salva was always a step ahead of Gayá until last year). And wouldn’t you know, there is another one following as well. Young Toni Lato has been an integral part of Baraja’s great team, awaking interest from Real Madrid, BArcelona and Arsenal among several. Now Valencia has signed a new contract with the youngster, securing a 25 million euro buyout clause.
Interest in youngsters
Several young players have been linked with Valencia lately, including Danilo Barbosa (Braga 10%/Mendes 90%), Andrija Zivkovic (50% investment fund, 40% father, 10% Partizan), Digo Rico (Zaragoza)
Otamendi – quiet before another storm?
Ever since Otamendi’s agent talked on SER nothing really happened until the player himself subscribed to every single word the agent said. After that, there’s been a whole lot of nothing happening. Looking at the rumors it seems like United have turned attention to other targets (Ramos) and that Manchester City and real Madrid (replacing Ramos) have emerged as new favorites. Valencia stand firm on the 50 million euro, although finally it will be Lim deciding. Anything other than 50 + will be received as a failure by fans. Anyways, when we all said Otamendi was “the new Roberto Ayala” it seems to be more true than we’d liked. The current scout at the club also tried to force a move back in the day, to Real Madrid. In the end it was the start of Valencia showing the first of a repeated row of middle finger gestures to the Madrid club. As we know, Ayala stayed and succeeded.
Salvo to stay on
Amadeo Salvo has let the media know that he intends to continue at the helm of Valencia as executive President.
Financial Fair Play
Valencia is said to already have reached the ceiling on the limit given by LFP. The work now is to balance expenses and of course increase the income. One way would be to finally land the long awaited main sponsorship deal.
Valencia is expected to launch the new first team shirt shortly