Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Valencia CF could pursue Antunes
After the unexpected departure of Bernat to Bayern Munich, there has been a complication in the left-back position. Even with three players, Gaya, Cissokho and Guardado who are able to play that position, there is an issue with each.
Cissokho does not have the trust of the new coach and is highly likely to be on his way out. The only difficulty is who will take him. Guardado would be playing a position that is not his natural position and that has been limiting his performances. If you watched Mexico at the World Cup, you could see that he has much more potential further up the pitch on the left flank. Gaya seems the ideal candidate to take the spot, however, the management fears it would be too much pressure on him to take on that role alone especially since he is still in the early development stages of his career and just broke into the first team. The expectations on him could be to much to shoulder alone. As such, Valencia CF is looking for a reinforcement for the left-back position this transfer window.
The name that is the most likely right now is 27 year old Portuguese and Malaga left-back, Vitorino Pacheco Antunes. He spent four years at Roma earlier in his career but was loaned out for the entire time (he didn't get any playing time for Roma) to four separate clubs. He then spent a year playing in Greece, after which he joined Malaga on loan and later sold to Malaga for 1.25 million euros (he would probably come cheap). He was part of the Malaga squad that reached the quarter final of the 2012-2013 edition of the Champions league.
Valencia CF has been monitoring him and has reportedly notified the player of their interest. The player shares the interest in Valencia CF and seems really excited to join the team as part of this new project. However, he knows the situation at left-back and knows he has 2 maybe 3 competitors. As such, he would agree to join if room is made for him.
What do you think of Antunes? Good or bad idea? Any other suggestions?