This section of the #SillyChe corner focus on rumors about the players currently at Valencia or owned by Valencia. Here we will try to keep you up to date on who is likely to stay and who is likely to leave.
“A man who fights for coin is loyal only to his purse.”
Sofiane Feghouli (Free Transfer – West Ham)
Antonio Barragan (3 million – Middlesborough)
Yoel Rodriguez (Loan/1m option – Eibar)
Danilo (Loan return – Braga)
Denis Cheryshev (Loan return – Real Madrid)
Pablo Piatti (Loan 200.000 euro + clause of 1,5m)
André Gomes (Barcelona 35 million euro + 25 in variables and 15 in….well forget those.
Alvaro Negredo (Middlesbrough – Loan)
Rodrigo de Paul (Udinese 3,5 million euro + 2 in variables and a % of next sale)
Group 1 – The Likely Leavers
Robert has not repeated the success from last season’s loan at the same club and has not completed the full 90 minutes in a single match in the league. He also had a lengthy spell in the stands, missing 7 matches. Injured in preseason, but several teams interested in him. Will likely be loaned out again, or sold.
The talented left back has also spent the season on loan at Granada, but claiming it has been a success would be lying. The statistics say; 3 matches suspended, 9 not picked in the squad, 12 matches injured, 9 on the bench without playing and a mere 2 matches or 74 minutes played. Two fiasco loans in a row now and it is starting to look as if both Lato and Diego Caballo have surpassed the 20 year old. Mysterious injury/sickness keeps him away from football. Loan or transfer if he is healthy.
Given his lackluster loan spell at Levante and the fact that Gayá is “untouchable” and Siqueira loaned for another season, nothing suggests Orban will continue at Valencia. Several teams interested in La Liga and abroad
This acquisition is still a mystery. On loan at Recife he has done more than at Standard but hardly enough to be a part of Valencia’s plans. Rufete and Salvo’s biggest transfer failure?
Fede Cartabia (On loan at Deportivo)
Fede has undoubtedly had the best loan period among the players this season. Started 12 and made 11 matches off the bench for Depor contributing 3 goals and 2 assists. Still so, it is difficult to see a future at Valencia for the Argentinean. Will take part in preseason for Ayestarán to consider him.
A panicy, expensive signing just as Nicolás Otamendi left Valencia, the Brazilian has seemed totally out of his depth at Valencia. 15 starts, underwhelming performances and reportedly told to look for a new team. Claimed himself he aims to continue. Placed on the transfer list.
What a return after the horror injury in last season’s last match. Came back on a very high level and is a leader in the squad. Reportedly told he could leave due to the goalkeeper situation at the club. Valencia will sell one goalkeeper.
Seemed unfit and uninspired at the beginning of his stay, but has improved. He is not a starter but could be an ok back-up for Gayá. His loans stretches to the end of next season, although some claim it can be ended this summer as well.
Group 3 – The Grey Area
Well this season has truly showed the two faces of the captain. Neither Nuno, nor Neville was able to give the now ex-captain the kind of treatment and belief he seems to desperately need to succeed and play at his best. Pako Ayestarán revived the Parejo of last season and reportedly convinced him to stay. Now the player has second thoughts and is reportedly subject to interest from Sevilla and Monaco.
Up and down season for the German who couldn’t seem to adapt to life without Otamendi by his side. Valencia seem to be offering the German out, lastly to Milan who were in town to talk Musacchio with Villarreal.
The mountain marathon man has not lived up to the performances that made him a fan favorite last year, and after spending much of the season unpicked, he is rumored to have been asked to find himself a new team. Has been central in the Singapore tour, indicating he will stay on, however there is interest from multiple teams including Betis and Espanyol.
One has to wonder why he hasn’t been given even more opportunities, because the Portuguese has pace, he is a strong header and he is mostly reliable, albeit a bit reckless at times. There’s no reason he couldn’t stay on, except there might be some disciplinary issues. Fiorentina said to want him
Disappointing season from the Tunisian who spent the first half of the season resembling a mad fish on dry land. He turned in a few more solid appearances under Pako and looks set to stay despite earlier reports he might leave. There were rumors of Chelsea and Conte, so if such an interest resurfaces, there is a possibility he would leave. Placed on the transfer list
Group 4 – The Steady Stayers
The Belgian had a promising start, but seems little more than a substitute to shake things up. Spent the last part of the season injured and never really established himself. Injured in preseason and likely to stay.
He brings incredible balance to the midfield and the team particularly struggled without him this season. He is however very often injured. If he could get a season without injuries, we would probably see a very different player. While the FFP benefits of selling him convinces Layhoon and Suso, Pako Ayestarán wants to keep him.
What a start to the season for the Alicante born goalkeeper. The best under Nuno, saving the team again and again. However, he is not quite at the level of Diego Alves, nor does he have the potential of Matthew Ryan. Offered a new contract.
Valencia are unlikely to sell the goalie who has been doing quite well after returning from injury and before Alves seemed to overcome him for a starting spot. He could leave if there is a bid, if Alves doesn’t leave first.
Group 5 – The You Can’t Touch Thems
From being one of the star players at Benfica it has been a difficult change of scenery for previous Brazilian national team player, Valencia player and father of Rafinha and Thiago Mazinho´s nephew. Under Pako he has shown a great potential, and with his price tag he will stay. Needs to provide the kind of performances he had the last few matches more regularly.
Has gotten a few goals but maybe not enough. Yet another season. Has tremendous support from the fans who still believe that the 22 year old can get better, much better. Untouchable.
José Luis Gayá
It would take a huge sum to price Cancelo away from Valencia. Great potential in the search for consistency.
Had something of a breakthrough towards the end of the season, especially with the goal against Barcelona. A huge talent some of us would enjoy to see in a more central role, but turning in performances like he has done at his best this season gives him an option also on the wing.