Monday, July 11, 2016

Valencia sign Álvaro Medrán

Things are starting to move in the transfer market. Valencia have signed Álvaro Medrán on a 4-year contract from Real Madrid for a fee of just under 1 million euros. Valencia had been tracking the player since March and Madrid had been reluctant to part with the player, and wanted him to go on loan, but the player himself apparently forced the issue. However, Madrid have retained a buy back option. 22 years old, Medrán spent last season on loan at Getafe, though injuries restricted his appearances. He has decent promise and is a Spain under-21 international, but ultimately this buy raises more questions than it answers. He looks more of an attacking midfielder than a defensive one in the Fuego or Danilo mould.

So while Danilo has left the club, who exactly does Medrán replace? There are no buyers for Enzo. Parejo was one of 4 players (along with Paco, Gaya and Mina) modelling the club's new kit for the 2016/17 season. The only possibility seems to be Andre Gomes, but his high price tag has meant the club are short of suitors and he faded towards the end of Euro 2016. Barcelona have been mentioned, but apparently only have 35m euro left to spend this transfer window and it's unlikely Valencia will let him go for that, even if they wanted to spend all 35m on him which doesn't seem that it will happen.

This signing does seem to show that Valencia have given up on Amadou Diawara, as the club are understandably unwilling to pay the 20m that Bologna want for an 18-year-old and he now looks likely to sign for another Italian side, probably Roma.

What do you think of the Medrán signing?