Saturday, July 23, 2016

Ibrahim Diallo leaves Valencia, other news

Ibrahim Diallo has left Valencia, rejoining his previous club Eupen of Belgium. Diallo made 4 appearances last season in the Copa Del Rey, but has understandably decided that he's more likely to get regular football in Belgium.


There are a couple of other Mestalla players who may leave soon. Tropi is close to a move to Alcorcón in Segunda. Like Diallo, he's been a bit player at Valencia, making a few appearances as a late substitute. Meanwhile, Zaragoza are interested in signing Nando García, who has never featured in Valencia's first team.

Speaking of the first team, even with the cash from the Gomes transfer, which could ultimately net us 70 million euros, it looks like we'll miss out on Filip Kostić, who looks set to stay in Germany and join Hamburg.

Valencia's second pre-season friendly takes place tonight away to Feyenoord, who should provide a tougher test than Munster did. The game will be available to watch on streaming networks like vipleague and rojadirecta.


Thursday, July 21, 2016

Official: FC Barcelona sign Andre Gomes

As I've reported about a week ago, FC Barcelona were stepping up their interest in Valencia's midfielder Andre Gomes and high level sources were saying they offered a total of 60 million euros, in which is included bonuses and stuff like that. Now the deal has been reached and FC Barcelona have purchased Andre Gomes from Valencia CF for a reported fee of around 60 million euros, which included bonuses, so essentially a lower fee, but can grow as much as 60 million, maybe even a bit more.

As I've already reported FC Barcelona see Andre Gomes as the perfect long term replacement of Andres Iniesta, with Iniesta having at least few more seasons, enough to pass on his knowledge to Andre Gomes, who has very similar play style to Iniesta.

Since Valencia CF utterly failed in selling Alvaro Negredo and Enzo Perez, two very expensive flops, the club was forced to loan out Negredo for a year so they can save on his extremely high wages, while no one bid nearly enough for Enzo Perez with some smaller fansites claiming a bid was made from a Portuguese club of around 12 million euros, clearly not enough for Valencia CF to sell Enzo and suffer a huge loss.

Since Valencia CF wants to bring in few more reinforcements, but doesn't have the money to do so they had to sell Andre Gomes. I've already written about that as well, explaining how in order to get their way, the club would have to sell Gomes, keep Enzo, loan out Negredo and with the huge money from Gomes sale get our targets.

So there you have it ladies and gentlemen, FC Barcelona sign Andre Gomes from Valencia CF for a reported fee of around 60 million euros, with the cash injection Valencia CF will be able to acquire its targets like Raul Albiol, Ignacio Camacho and Filip Kostic. Valencia CF needs to pay around 15 million for Raul Albiol, about the same for Camacho and Kostic, so overall a 45 million expenditure, all of which will be covered by the sell of Andre Gomes.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Rodrigo De Paul sold to Udinese ; Valencia beat Munster in first preseason friendly

Rodrigo de Paul is the latest casualty of "Operación salida" (clear out operation) which aims to reduce the wage bill and free up cash for new players to revamp the squad. The winger has been sold to Udinese for €3million. He was the last signing of Pizzi, who signed him in May 2014 for €4.7 million on a 5-year contract to replace the departing Eduardo Vargas, who had been on loan with us, but we lacked the cash to sign. The relatively high release clause (40 million) was a sign that Valencia were hoping for good things, but ultimately it didn't happen.

In Valencia's first game of the 2014/15 season, with Valencia losing 0-1 to Sevilla, DePaul came on as a 66th minute sub to replace Alcacer, a sign that he was intended to fill the Vargas role of secondary striker. The omens were already bad, as he was sent off after being on just a minute. He scored the winner for Valencia in the 2-1 win in the CopaDelRey over Rayo and scored his only other goal in La Liga for the club in a 1-1 draw at Bilbao in which we were robbed of three points by awful refereeing.

In 2015/16 De Paul was frozen out by Nuno, with the rumour being that it was because he had sided with Negredo against the coach. He made a return under Neville but failed to convince and was loaned out to Argentina where he had a poor spell. DeP was a fan favourite, so a lot of people will be disappointed. Ultimately, though, he had his chance under 3 Valencia coaches and also on loan and failed to make the cut and 2 goals in 42 games is not that impressive. So with Valencia already being well covered on the wings, maybe it's for the best.

In other news today, Negredo's loan to Middlesbrough is finally confirmed. Boro will pay all of his 7 million a year salary, but the option to buy doesn't seem to be there.

Lastly, Valencia kicked off their pre-season campaign with a 4-2 win at Preussen Munster. With no live feed available, Superdeporte's text commentary gives a rundown of the game. The highlights are available on Valencia's official YouTube channel (link here and here.) Valencia basically went for a mix of first team and Valencia Mestalla players, with a starting line up of Ryan, Lato-Vezo-Orban-Cancelo, Fuego-Parejo-Valdemarra, Nando-Alcacer-Rodrigo. 19 (!) subs were named with 13 used. Scorers for us were Paco, Rodrigo and Mestalla player Aridai Cabrera. With so many changes and the game interrupted by poor weather, it's hard to know what to make of the result, but conceding 2 goals against a German third level team is a bit worrying and a sign that Pako still has a lot of work to do with Valencia's defence.






Monday, July 18, 2016

Pablo Piatti loaned to RCD Espanyol

Valencia CF have reached an agreement with RCD Espanyol to loan out Pablo Piatti for one year with an option to buy at the end of the loan deal.

Pablo Piatti was one of the several players that Valencia CF wanted to get rid of after poor performances from last season, so while they couldn't sell the player to any club, this is the next best solution.
Ultimately he's always performed hot and cold, so ultimately he failed to find consistency in his performance and this cost him.

Valencia CF was looking to bring Filip Kostic from Stuttgart, but their unrealistic high price for the player put a dampener on  potential deal. Right now the coaching staff and sporting director are re-evaluating if Rodrigo De Paul should be kept and used on the left wing along with either Mina or Fede.

Since Nani arrived as the first reinforcement this season and he is most likely going to play on the left wing, probably cutting in frequently as an additional striker, only the left wing is open and there are 3 players vying for that position right now, Santi Mina, Fede and De Paul.

Chelsea and Bayern after Shkodran Mustafi

Latest reports says that Chelsea FC are interested in acquiring Skhodran Mustafi from Valencia CF. Chelsea FC are in desperate need of defensive reinforcements and their new manager Conte sees Skhodran Mustafi as the perfect long term replacement for John Terry.

They are supposedly willing to bid up to 30 million euros to land the defender in their ranks, with Valencia CF possibly being open to such a move as that amount of money would start the gears again on bringing some of the wanted reinforcements like Camacho, Albiol and others.

Another potential suitor for Mustafi are Bayern Munich who are also in need of some defensive reinforcements as their biggest weakness last season has shown to be the defense, so getting someone like Skhodran Mustafi who is part German, who played in Germany and who is a world cup winner, regular national for Germany and still young and prosperous defender, that is the type of player Bayern could move for and strengthen their defense with.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Barragán joins Middlesbrough

As I said a few posts ago, things are moving thick and fast in the transfer market. Antonio Barragán is the latest departure, officially announced as Middlesbrough signing. He wasn't one of the original names on the "blacklist", announced in late May, of players that Valencia were looking to sell in the summer, but was added to it in mid-June.

Barragán joined us for €1.5 million from recently relegated Valladolid in August 2011 and played 140 games for us, scoring twice, a pile driver away to Ludogorets in the Europa league and the equaliser against Real Madrid in our 2-1 win in January 2015. Ultimately, he always seemed to be competing with other players for the right back spot and perhaps that's a sign that he wasn't quite up to the standard that Valencia needed, turning in a number of fairly average performances last season.

His transfer to Middlesbrough is a bit of a surprise and even fans of that club are questioning the wisdom of it. Maybe taking one of our unwanted players was part of a compromise Valencia worked out for the imminent loan of Negredo? In the end that's not really our problem. We've got around €3 million from the sale and can look at upgrading a position that's often looked a bit suspect. Thanks and good luck to Barragán.

Official: Antonio Barragan joins Middlesbrough F.C.

Its official, Antonio Barragan has joined Middlesbrough F.C. on a three year deal that would see him rack in around 3 million euros per year. Antonio Barragan's transfer fee is said to be around 3-4 million euros, small fee that Valencia CF agreed as they look to lower the wage bill at the club and bring in more new players.

Now that Barragan is gone, Valencia CF are a player short for the right back position, so look for Valencia CF to enter into the market for a new right back, with latest reports mentioning Martin Montoya as a potential signing.

La Liga 2016/17 fixtures announced

The full list of La Liga fixtures for the coming season has been published here. For Valencia, as with last season, it looks like a relatively easy start, with the first six games being

Las Palmas (H)
Eibar (A)
Betis (H)
Atl. Bilbao (A)
Alaves (H)
Leganes (A)

Last season, the struggles in the early games set the tone for our season, with low confidence in the team and the burgeoning Nunoveteya calls getting louder. It's therefore absolutely crucial that we do well (at least 13 points and ideally 15+) from those games to build momentum, as October then brings the visits of Atletico Madrid and Barcelona to the Mestalla.

Valencia finish the season with a home game against Espanyol, an away game at Osasuna and a potentially crucial local derby at home to Villarreal in the last game.