Vinicius Araújo: The young Brazilians loan transfer to Standard ended up being the only official statement of yesterday. The striker immediately posted an instagram photo commenting on his desire to succeed with this new adventure. There is no option to buy included in the deal.
Andres Guardado: Is likely to be the next to appear in an official statement. The Mexican national team player successfully passed his medical yesterday.
Jonathan Viera: The day’s strangest rumour was that Standard Liege would also sign Jonathan Viera and on a transfer as well. But what was the major surprise was the claim that the owner of the club wanted to directly loan him out to his other club, Charlton Athletic. Surely the street kid from Gran Canaria has more to offer than to deserve that faith.
Joao Pereira: When everybody expected that the Portuguese was living, there seems to be a glimmer of hope for the fans of his instagram photo sessions from the dressing room. Nuno have asked Rufete to keep the right back. However it is the Portuguese’ high salary and relative importance in the team that forces Valencia’s hand. La Liga has a wage limit in place for each Primera Division club, something Elche are already suffering from, having four players they are not allowed to use yet. Valencia has a similar limit which is the reason for some of the transfers and loans we have seen this summer.
Jonas: Another one who has been difficult to place. Olympiakos is still interested, but the Brazilian wants to wait to see if there could be other options. Sevilla have emerged as one after Gameiro’s injury, but want him for free.
Helder Postiga: Little news on the striker, but Levante reportedly holds an interest. The neighbours are however dependent on being able to lower his wage cost and will wait till the end of the window to make a move.
Enzo Pérez: The transfer now looks like ending in a sequel of the van der Vaart summer marathon. A long love story ending without marriage. Both Superdeporte, Radioesport and Plaza Deportiva report that Valencia regard the negotiations as broken after Viera’s failure to keep his word. It remains to be seen whether it is a strategy to force Benfica’s hand or a reality. Valencia have been maintaining contact with the player’s agent, who is now expected to urge Benfica to step down on their demands.
Luis Filipe Augusto: Seems the most likely alternative to Enzo. It is a player well known by Nuno and Rio Ave’s president already claimed he would join Valencia on loan. The Brazilian will now be able to enter after Vinicius left one of the Non-EU spaces open. Saying he is an alternative to Enzo is a bit misleading as the two are far from the same style of player.
Asier Illarramendi: Valencia have asked Real Madrid about the conditions of a possible loan, but the plan of the whites is to keep the young Spaniard among their ranks despite a high probability of little playing time.
Saul Ñiguez: The younger brother of former Valencia wonderkid and now stagnated Elche midfielder Aaron, was a very viable option for a while. Until he played a really strong match in the first leg of the Spanish super cup and convinced Simeone he should stay.
Anthony Martial: French media continue to insist the youngster is not happy at Monaco and that he felt humiliated by manager Jardim after being subbed on and off in a space of only some 30 minutes. They claim the most likely destination is Valencia.
Jorge Mendes: Had to perform the Ice bucket challenge and in turn challenged none other than Peter Lim and Nasser El-Khalifi, the powerful PSG president. Will we see Lim with a bucket of ice water any time soon?
Club sale: Contracts are still expected to be signed in early to mid-September. Currently all sides lawyers are working on the final wording. That includes all of four different banks with a stake in the Porchinos mess.