Valencia CF have made a statement on their website confirming that a deal has been reached with Benfica for the transfer of Enzo Perez. The deal will be made official on the 2nd of January and is dependent on the player passing a medical. All signs so far seem to point to the deal being worth 25 million euros plus some variables depending on performance. The players has already arrived in the city of Valencia!
This deal was planned in the summer and was supposed to be completed with the Andre Gomes and Rodrigo deals but Benfica kept changing their demands in order to retain their players as they felt they were losing too many star players at once. In the end, some pressuring for Enzo Perez himself and the persistance of Peter Lim made the club realize that they couldn't hold on to Perez any longer.
This also means that Valencia CF have beaten Manchester United in the competition for the player. Enzo will add some much needed experience to the Valencia CF midfield, being 28 years old he will be one of the older players in the squad, not to mention he is a 2014 World Cup finalist with Argentina.
The transfer window has yet to open (it will in 2 days on January 1st) and this could be only one of a few transactions Valencia CF makes. The arrival of Enzo, a midfield, naturally means that a midfielder has to leave, in this case most likely Zuculini. However there is also word that Felipe Augusto will be sent on loan somewhere as he has failed to impress. If both leave, then Valencia CF would need yet another midfielder. Valencia CF have reportedly already submitted a 2 million euro bid for 20 year old Ghanian Bernard Mensah who plays his football in Portugal. Other names I heard mentioned for the midfield position were Franco Vázques (Palermo), and Dennis Praet (Anderlecht) but Mensah seems to have the most credibility to it.
How will Perez fit into the team? So far I've read that Javi Fuego will be dropped to a bench role and Parejo will drop back as CDM with Enzo Perez and Gomes playing further up from him in midfield. However, many different combinations are possible and Nuno may try out different combinations since the most recent formation with two forwards - Alcacer and Negredo - has proved promising.
Thanks for reading! Let us know what you think about Enzo and what he brings to the team. What about Fuego's role in the team now? Augusto and Zuculini role? Should we get another midfielder like is currently being planned? What formation should we play and who should start? Let us know!
Amunt Valencia! Bienvenido Enzo Perez!