Alright there are a lot of transfer market happenings to discuss in this update. Incoming long text:
First off, Brazilian youngster Vinicius Araujo has been returned back to Brazilian club Cruzeiro after an unconvincing loan spell at Standard Liege where he failed to make an impression and secure a first team sport. Cruzeiro still owns 50% of his rights and were more than happy to take him back.
In other news, Valencia CF captain Dani Parejo is very close to agreeing a contract renewal with the club till 2020. The negotiations have hit a stumbling block for a period of time and there were many rumours that he would leave. Regardless of how he performed this past season, it's good to see the captain renew as he is one of the cores of the team and a leader in the dressing room. His reported release clause is about 50 million euros.
The first new player Valencia CF have added to thier ranks this transfer window, is CDM/CB Rodrigo Caio. He will be officially signed and presented tomorrow (Friday). His agent, you guessed it, Jorge Mendes. As for Gian Imbula, Valencia CF seems to have lost interest in the player.
A lot of us here in the blog criticized the over-imposing role of Mendes in the clubs transfers. We've ended up with a lot of players from Benfica and are continuously linked with Benfica players and other players in the Portugeuse Liga. Now we are linked with the supposedly talented youngster in Danilo Barbosa of Sporting. Apparently another high skilled Brazilian prodigee but with all these youngsters being signed can we really afford to play them all? Or are they going to be loaned out in the end. We'll see.
One thing that we haven't really talked about is that Nuno's assistant coach, Ian Cathro has resigned due to a personal reasons. Nuno has often praised the Scot and branded him as a genius. We don't really know the degree of influence he had in training and coaching or how this will affect Nuno but I felt it should be mentioned. It happened a while back but I didn't get to mentioning it until I saw him being linked with Newcastle United as thier assistant manager.
Finally, I'm sure many of you have heard of the supposed conflict between Nuno, Rufete and Salvo as to who has the say in transfer dealings. The three met earlier at a date close to opening date of the transfer window to discuss signings and they had all agreed on Imbula. Then, reports say Nuno went and requested Rodrigo Caio behind their backs and caused them to get upset. Lim's assistant, Lay Hoon, was in Valencia CF, to sort out the issue and communicate to them what Lim says their role in the club is. From what I understood, he wants Rufete to focus more on the youth aspect - that's the academy and the promising youth while Nuno is ultimately in charge of signings as he is the coach and sees what the team really need. I'm not really too sure of further details of or the truth behind the conflict as there wasn't too much written on it.
Anyways, lots to talk about, I look forward to seeing a great discussion below.