Friday, July 15, 2016

Barragán joins Middlesbrough

As I said a few posts ago, things are moving thick and fast in the transfer market. Antonio Barragán is the latest departure, officially announced as Middlesbrough signing. He wasn't one of the original names on the "blacklist", announced in late May, of players that Valencia were looking to sell in the summer, but was added to it in mid-June.

Barragán joined us for €1.5 million from recently relegated Valladolid in August 2011 and played 140 games for us, scoring twice, a pile driver away to Ludogorets in the Europa league and the equaliser against Real Madrid in our 2-1 win in January 2015. Ultimately, he always seemed to be competing with other players for the right back spot and perhaps that's a sign that he wasn't quite up to the standard that Valencia needed, turning in a number of fairly average performances last season.

His transfer to Middlesbrough is a bit of a surprise and even fans of that club are questioning the wisdom of it. Maybe taking one of our unwanted players was part of a compromise Valencia worked out for the imminent loan of Negredo? In the end that's not really our problem. We've got around €3 million from the sale and can look at upgrading a position that's often looked a bit suspect. Thanks and good luck to Barragán.