Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Copa Draw and some Transfer Rumors

First off, the draw for the Copa del Rey Round of 16 drew Valencia CF against UD Las Palmas, with the first leg away and the second leg at the Mestalla.

Now for the transfer news that I've seen these past few days. There is no doubt that some reinforcements are needed this winter to supplement the squad in the face of injuries and to add some depth.

Fans have been pushing for signing Guedes on a permanent deal for a while now and it looks like negotiations have allegedly placed the transfer few at around 40 million euros (PSG bought him from Benfica for 30 million euros). I think this amount will probably only be affordable if we make the Champions League. This would be even more true if we will (and I think we should) sign Kondogbia as well. I heard that deal is worth about 25 million euros to get him off Inter Milan. Part/all of that was supposed to be covered if they did the same and purchased Cancelo but that doesn't look likely. Also, these deals are normally paid in installments so the 40 and 25 million would not be paid in full right away but over 2-3 years, which helps with Financial Fair Play and general affordability.

In the midst of talks with PSG, rumors arose that Pastore and Moura are two names that are also being looked at to arrive in loan deals. Pastore's agent was quick to shoot down the rumors for his client but Moura still remains a possibility. At the squad, we currently have Perreira, Guedes, Soler and Ibanez who all play similar positions to Moura out on the wings. Bringing him will add another pacy and tricky winger, but will push one of them away. I only see this deal happening if Ibanez gets loaned or Perreira's loan gets cut short (Manchester United seem to want him back but he said he wants to stay).

Finally, with the forward position, it seems the club's efforts are focused on Everton's 22 year old Sandro Ramirez. He does have previous La Liga experience starting out in FC Barcelona and then with Malaga CF. He then was purchased by Everton for 6 million euros - his release clause at the time. He hasn't had many games for Everton but he played pretty well for Malaga and Barcelona for the times that I did watch him. Of course, it would be a loan deal till the end of the season and it seems that a purchase option will be included. It's an interesting player to add and it will increase competition for the forward positions. If he does impress, I think it would be a cheap purchase option since I think Everton would just want to recoup the amount they spent, maybe with a little bonus.

Thoughts on Copa del Rey fixture? Is Guedes worth the 40 million? Is Kondogbia worth the 25 million? Is Moura, a player we need? Is Sandro a good idea? Let us know below. All comments are welcome and appreciated.