Valencia have played a big role in “Silly Season”, but the best transfer might be Mario Kempes, who is on his way to Spain in order to represent Valencia at 3 events:
– Tomorrow, Kempes throws a welcome party in Mestalla for new Valencia signings Santi Mina, Bakkali, Danilo & Ryan.
– On Friday, Kempes attends the drawing for Champions League playoff, with his beloved Valencia in the bowl.
– On Saturday, Kempes officially presents the Valencia 2015/16 squad at Trofeo Naranja against AS Roma.
Squad is slowly taking form. Most peripheral youngsters have been loaned out, with Fede Cartabia being the latest one after his move to Galician kings Deportivo La Coruña.
Salva Ruiz & Rober Ibáñez have already joined Granada, while right winger Nando García made his first senior move to Córdoba. These two clubs met in a friendly, where the debuting García scored & assisted a goal.
However, 4 players could still leave Valencia, according to Plaza Deportiva:
– Yoel is the safest bet, after Jaume was preferred at Cologne Cup and later admitted that he intends on a stay.
– Feghouli is more tricky. He was decisive at the very end of our quest for Champions League, but played in general another disappointing season & has been benched by Rodrigo mostly of this preseason. Furthermore, Santi Mina has arrived. Problems have been reported in Feghouli’s contract renewal, but most fans want him to stay.
– Piatti made his breakthrough last season for Valencia, which obviously has given him the upperhand in negotiations for a renewal of his contract with 1 year left. Valencia are known to want a renewal, as his agent has been in town this summer, but the issue is his wage raise.
– Otamendi will only leave if his €50M release clause is met, and he does not exclude a stay in Valencia for who he impressed in the comeback against ex-club Porto. Otamendi is yet again on the radar in Real Madrid, but their coach Rafa Benítez seems personally to be more interested in his Valencia partner Mustafi, who already has fended off any interest.
American business man Robert Sarver, who unsucessfully tried to purchase Valencian littlebrother Levante, has reportedly also tried to purchase the rights on Nou Mestalla a few weeks ago.
Ex-president Amadeo Salvo leads an entrepreneurs group that seeks to revive the defunct club UD Ibiza to Primera División. Unlike Mallorca & Menorca, the Balaeric island geographically closest to Valencia has never really broken through with a culture of football, with all 13 clubs during last 90 years now being defunct, as compared to famous tourism and nightlife.
– Salvo, however, admitted his clear intention: “The UD Ibiza project is small-sized nowadays, but we’ll see what happens in the future”.
Fundació are doing a great job on spreading the Valencianismo with their summer camps that are currently in Dutch cities Assen and Groenlo. Amunt!