As the end of the year nears and the winter market ready to open, so to come the speculations about player transfers.
Lets first start with the non-player department as this is a new development. With Rafael Benitez sacked from Inter there has been a lot of speculation where he will end up and several reports say that Valencia is the most likely destination for Rafa Benitez.
I will disagree with this based on 2 grounds: Rafa paycheck nowdays is really big and unless he gets something like 4-5 million per season its unlikely he will sign a contract and Valencia just don't have the financial material to sign him and secondly there is no way Valencia president Llorente and the board would sack Emery at mid season. If they change the coach it will be in the summer.
Next we transfer to the players department and there has been a lot of speculation here. First is that Sofiane Feghuoli will move to Lorient a league 1 team as their key player Kevin Gameiro has expressed his desire to leave the club.
Second we have reports of Valencia purchasing French international defender Adil Rami and some reports make this sound like a done deal. I wouldn't be surprised if Valencia sign this players as he seems to be good, but his 6 million price tag may be a bit too much for Valencia to swallow, especially if they don't sell some players.
The reported transfer budget for next season is 18 million euros, if Valencia manage to go far in the Champions League, so unless Valencia wins the Champions League its more likely Valencia will spend 14 to 16 million euros on players.
One reason this transfer might actually happen is because Valencia's defense has been really so far, with only Ricardo Costa being consistent, but even that doesn't speak much. He is definitely a player I would like to see though, as I've had enough of Navarro and makeshift Maduro keeping our defense.
Next up is the speculation of Valencia exercise the option to sign Sampdoria defender Marius Stankevicious on permanent dead. This will cost Valencia 1.5 million euros and is the most likely option for Valencia.
Personally I do not agree with this one bit as Stankevicious has been mediocre at best and hasn't really strengthen Valencia's defense.
Be sure to check back very soon to find out my picks for Valencia's best summer signing, best player overall and who should Valencia buy or sell in the winter transfer market.