Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Araujo could be loaned to Standard Liège

Vincius Araujo has been rumored on his way out for a while now. He has yet to adapt to Spanish football in the opinion of the most recent coaches and he occupies a precious non-EU work permit spot. These factors have made Valencia CF look to loan him as they still believe in his talent and that he could give a lot to Valencia CF in the future. As such, Valencia CF has reportedly chosen (and currently negotiating with) Belgium's Standard Liège (who are also the runner-up Belgian League Champions) as the destination of the player. Why Belgium? Because in recent times, Belgian clubs has been one of most important nurturers of young talent in recent times, along with Dutch clubs. There have also been offers from Elche of Spain and Hellas Verona of Italy.

There is one more reason why Araujo is on his way out on loan. The club is looking at bringing in a new striker, one that is a different profile to both Rodrigo and Alcacer. The profile has been described as one that functions best with his back to the goal, in other words, a target man who can hold up play and bring others into it. While Juventus's Fernando Llorente has been mentioned a few times, now Valencia CF is also looking at Manchester City's Alvaro Negredo. Currently injured and fallen out of favor at the club, he is willing to return to Spain. Any deal would have to go through without a medical examination since the player is injured.

Any thoughts on Araujo? The new striker profile? Negredo or Llorente? Who can offer more?