Saturday, February 1, 2014

Frantic End to a Transfer Window

Valencia has been busy this transfer market, in fact the busiest of any club in Spain. It started off  with Portuguese Defender Ruben Vezo already agreed for before hand. Then it took quite a while but Chilean Striker Eduardo Vargas was brought in a week ago. Then there was an exodus of players with Postiga, Pabon and Guardado all leaving the club, the former loaned to Lazio and the latter two on loan deals to Sao Paulo and Bayer Leverkeusen respectively. However, in the last few days of the transfer market Valencia was at the peak of its activity with Seydou Keita the first of the action.

So Canales has been seeking a way out of a club due to his lack of playing time which is due to his lack of form which is due to his two back-to-back injuries. He was permanently sold to Real Sociedad for 3.5 million euros. He was bought for around 7 million from Real Madrid and part of this 3.5 million goes to them so it wasn't worth it in my opinion.

Next up Banega. With Canales on his way out, you'd think Banega would stay, however he also would leave the club. This deal however, is a 6 month loan deal to his youth club, Newell's Old Boys. Quite a surprise considering there were much bigger European Clubs who wanted his signature (Manchester United, AC Milan, Inter Milan, Dortmund, etc). Either the club didn't want to sell him or the price offered (12.5 million euros) was not enough to convince them. Hopefully he regains form there and be a useful reinforcement for next season.

Now for arrivals. In the last hours of the transfer market Valencia secured a defender and another striker.

28 year old Fullham defender Phillipe Senderos. A Swiss international, he featured for Austria in the past two World Cups and also for European Giants Milan, and Arsenal. At 6'2" he is quite the physical presence in defense. He joins on a free transfer.

I mentioned in a previous article that Valencia was interested in 20 year old Brazilian prospect Vinicius Araujo. Valencia has managed to clinch his signing this transfer window. This deal involved purchasing 50% of his rights from Brazilian Club Cruzeiro for a 3.5 million euros. A good deal for such a promising talent.

This has been one of the busiest transfer windows for Valencia with lots of reinforcements arriving as well as lots of under-achievers departing. There were some names that were missed out on in the last minutes including Nicholas Otamendi of Porto (there wasn't enough time to sign him despite a deal being agreed), and Javier Hernandez (not going anywhere, according to his agent).

Hopefully these new signings pay off, there is no way to tell until they actually play. We might see some of them featuring against Barca including Eduardo Vargas and Ruben Vezo. Along side them, Robert Ibanez and Portu join the squad from the Mestalla B-team.