Saturday, June 12, 2021

Denis Cheryshev to leave Valencia CF?

Denis Cheryshev is on his way out of Valencia CF, as the club is looking to sell him and bring in a younger and inexpensive player to replace him, or maybe even rely on the younger players like Vallejo, Yunus, etc... Denis Cheryshev is in the upper echalon of earners in Valencia CF and while not quite the high earner like Maxi, Cillessen, Guedes, Gaya, etc... he is earning a lot comparatively how many times he's featured for Valencia CF.

Valencia CF are aware that they aren't going to get a lot of money from his sale, but even a modest 4-5 million euros will be enough when coupled with the reduction in his salary. The club has an issue in selling some of the players it planned to like Cillessen and Maxi Gomez as there doesn't appear to be any good offers for them and Cillessen has also fallen out of the Dutch squad due to testing positive to covid19, so that makes it unlikely that Valencia CF are going to receive any big offers for the player. I predicted that he is not going to fetch more than 12-14 million euros, goalkeepers usually don't fetch very high prices especially when they are older and if they are not considered in the best 5 goalkeepers in the region. 

Friday, June 11, 2021

Joaquin Fernandez on Valencia CF radar

Real Valladolid central defender Joaquin Fernandez is on Valencia CF radar as the team is looking to strengthen the defense in accordance with Jose Bordalas wishes and demands. 

Real Valladolid have been relegated to the second division this season and they will have to sell a number of players as they want to continue playing in the first division and some might even have options in their contract to be able to join other teams in case of relegation.

Joaquin Fernandez will come in cheap at 3 million euros and a low salary, so just the type of player Valencia CF wants. He's played for Real Valladolid since 2018/19 season as a central defender, though can also play as a defensive midfielder. 

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Bordalas wants Mauro Arambarri at Valencia CF

Valencia CF coach Jose Bordalas is keen to bring at least one player from his former club to Valencia CF and his number one priority is Mauro Arambarri. Mauro Arambarri is a central midfielder who has played for over 4 years at Getafe CF, coming in first on a loan deal and after a successful year at Getafe CF they decided to purchase him for 2 million euros. Since then the player value has skyrocketed with superb performances from the midfielder. 

Jose Bordalas has already contacted the player and tried to convince him to join Valencia CF, but the biggest issue for Valencia CF is going to be Getafe's asking price. They value Mauro Arambarri at 20 million euros, though Valencia CF do have some options here and they can offer them a player plus cash deal. Getafe CF are interested in Jason, but Valencia CF can also offer them Cheryshev and even Wass who still has one year on his contract at Valencia CF. 

He is a good player and would be a welcome introduction, but what would happen to Racic in that situation, where will Daniel Wass play? With Javi Gracia it was mostly Soler and Racic in central midfield, with Voro in the end matches it was usually Soler and Wass in the center, will is be Mauro and Soler under Bordalas? 

I doubt Valencia CF would go after Mauro Arambarri, he is just way too expensive for us, the only other option I see if to offer them someone like Cheryshev or Racic himself as that is going to be the most we can undercut Getafe in terms of value, but we are going to be kind of this on the flanks, especially that left one. Manu Vallejo is more of a forward, Guedes is also much better as a second striker, Kang-In can play there, but he is also on his way out, so without Cheryshev there, who do we have left on the left flank, especially in a 4-4-2 formation? 

Monday, June 7, 2021

Carlos Soler is called up as a back-up for the Spain squad

Spain's preparations for Euro 2020 have been badly disrupted. Sergio Busquets tested positive for COVID he has gone into 10 days' isolation and the rest of the squad, including Gaya, also in isolation pending COVID testing. The friendly against Lithuania tomorrow will now be played by Spain's under-21s, who include Guillamon. As it will count as a full international, that means Hugo could get his first senior cap.

With Spain's first game in 8 days' time, there are now significant doubts whether Busquets will take part. As a precaution, Spain have called up Rodrigo Moreno, Carlos Soler, Pablo Fornals and Brais Mendez, who will train in a parallel bubble.

It remains to be seen if Soler will make it to the final squad as an emergency replacement, but this is the first official acknowledgement that he is definitely very close to becoming a full international. With his star rising, hopefully the club are not mad enough to consider a sale.  

Jeison Murillo to return to Valencia CF?

There are reports coming from Spanish media that Jeison Murillo might return to Valencia CF as the club plans to sell Mouctar Diakhaby and bring in another central defender to take his place, with David Timor also coming in as a backup in midfield and central defender. If all goes according to plan then Valencia CF will have Paulista, Hugo, Murillo and David in central defense, and David would also cover in midfield, especially if Daniel Wass is sold as he only has a year remaining on his contract.

Anyways Jeison Murillo first joined Valencia CF on a loan deal from Inter Milan, after a successful season on loan the club purchased the player, but then he never really played that season and the next he was loaned out to FC Barcelona and then in the second half of the season to Sampdoria, who then purchased him in the summer after he made 10 appearances for them, but then loaned him out to Celta de Vigo after being unused in the first half of their season.

Valencia CF gets to keep the bat logo

Just to show how crazy some of these giant corporations are, DC Comics which is under Warner media sued Valencia CF for using the bat in its designs and products. The legal issues started in 2014 and have been going on for years. How can a comic character "Batman" who uses a fictional "bat" sign on his fictional costume be considered means to sue Valencia CF who's used the bat in its logo and all sorts of promotions and stuff for over a hundred years is beyond me.

But just goes to show the lack of self awareness of these giant corporations who think they own everything and everyone. Anyways the two companies have reached an agreement and that means that Valencia CF can use the bat sign, all sorts of variations of it in all of its products, except fictional characters. 

Sunday, June 6, 2021

Jose Luis Gaya to FC Barcelona

Jose Luis Gaya seems to be on his way out of Valencia CF with interest from FC Barcelona increasing exponentially as they are trying to find a long term replacement for Jordi Alba. FC Barcelona have been interested about the player for a few years now, but only this season have they've shown big interest in acquiring Gaya as Jordi Alba is now into his final years of his career and is likely not going to continue at FC Barcelona past the next season. 

I wrote in April about Barca's interest in Jose Luis Gaya and that Valencia CF was trying to tie him up for longer, but it seems like that contract extension hasn't happened and while Gaya loves the club and is happy here, its questionable how much longer can he avoid interest from big clubs like Barcelona, Bayern, Manchester City and others. 

Jose Luis Gaya is now one of the longest playing players for Valencia CF, its especially important as he comes from our youth system and is a Valencian success story. He is also one of the highest earner at Valencia CF, but again with all of these big clubs knocking on his door and being much well off financially than VCF, how long can he just ignore their calls? VCF former sporting director Alemany is now Barca's sporting director and he can easily if he really wanted to convince Gaya about switching to FC Barcelona. 

Saturday, June 5, 2021

Valencia CF to sell Mouctar Diakhaby

Valencia CF wants to sell Mouctar Diakhaby and rebuild the back line in accordance to what the new coach Jose Bordalas wants. The new coach has identified Mouctar Diakhaby as the weakest link at the back and thus Valencia CF will try and sell the player and bring in al alternative with the money from the sale. While Diakhaby is not viewed in high regard in Spain, there are still some French clubs that view him in a positive light and might want to acquire the player.

Mouctar Diakhavy is worth about 10 million euros, I think that is a bit on the high side, so realistically more like 7-8 million euros. One of the names mentioned to arrive at Valencia CF was David Timor from Getafe CF and while he is generally a defensive midfielder he does also play center back and could easily slot in that position. He is also valued at only 1.5 million euros, but even if realistically his price is 3 million that is still worth it for Valencia CF, as the club would get a replacement for Diakhaby and be up 4-5 million euros.