Showing posts with label news. Show all posts
Showing posts with label news. Show all posts

Monday, June 7, 2021

Valencia CF gets to keep the bat logo

Just to show how crazy some of these giant corporations are, DC Comics which is under Warner media sued Valencia CF for using the bat in its designs and products. The legal issues started in 2014 and have been going on for years. How can a comic character "Batman" who uses a fictional "bat" sign on his fictional costume be considered means to sue Valencia CF who's used the bat in its logo and all sorts of promotions and stuff for over a hundred years is beyond me.

But just goes to show the lack of self awareness of these giant corporations who think they own everything and everyone. Anyways the two companies have reached an agreement and that means that Valencia CF can use the bat sign, all sorts of variations of it in all of its products, except fictional characters. 

Sunday, June 6, 2021

Jose Luis Gaya to FC Barcelona

Jose Luis Gaya seems to be on his way out of Valencia CF with interest from FC Barcelona increasing exponentially as they are trying to find a long term replacement for Jordi Alba. FC Barcelona have been interested about the player for a few years now, but only this season have they've shown big interest in acquiring Gaya as Jordi Alba is now into his final years of his career and is likely not going to continue at FC Barcelona past the next season. 

I wrote in April about Barca's interest in Jose Luis Gaya and that Valencia CF was trying to tie him up for longer, but it seems like that contract extension hasn't happened and while Gaya loves the club and is happy here, its questionable how much longer can he avoid interest from big clubs like Barcelona, Bayern, Manchester City and others. 

Jose Luis Gaya is now one of the longest playing players for Valencia CF, its especially important as he comes from our youth system and is a Valencian success story. He is also one of the highest earner at Valencia CF, but again with all of these big clubs knocking on his door and being much well off financially than VCF, how long can he just ignore their calls? VCF former sporting director Alemany is now Barca's sporting director and he can easily if he really wanted to convince Gaya about switching to FC Barcelona. 

Saturday, June 5, 2021

Valencia CF to sell Mouctar Diakhaby

Valencia CF wants to sell Mouctar Diakhaby and rebuild the back line in accordance to what the new coach Jose Bordalas wants. The new coach has identified Mouctar Diakhaby as the weakest link at the back and thus Valencia CF will try and sell the player and bring in al alternative with the money from the sale. While Diakhaby is not viewed in high regard in Spain, there are still some French clubs that view him in a positive light and might want to acquire the player.

Mouctar Diakhavy is worth about 10 million euros, I think that is a bit on the high side, so realistically more like 7-8 million euros. One of the names mentioned to arrive at Valencia CF was David Timor from Getafe CF and while he is generally a defensive midfielder he does also play center back and could easily slot in that position. He is also valued at only 1.5 million euros, but even if realistically his price is 3 million that is still worth it for Valencia CF, as the club would get a replacement for Diakhaby and be up 4-5 million euros.

Friday, June 4, 2021

30 million might not be enough

While Valencia CF needs about 30 million euros to balance its budget, the club also needs 50 million euros to pay off Peter Lim. He loaned Valencia CF 50 million euros and if the club does not return the money to him in the established period, which is this year then he will take ownership of several players. What a deal eh? Loan 50 million, earn players worth possibly 80 million euros. 

Now we don't really know the details of the loans, we don't know which players he'll get the rights to, but its clear that his plan with Valencia CF was to be a seller club and make him money. Say what you say, but his actions speak louder than words. 

The loans were also for players that he chose, he decided to buy, its all his doing. What next, we learn that Peter Lim actually owns the Mestalla stadium personally? What does the club own? No one on planet earth would want to even buy the club if Peter Lim owns half our players rather than the club itself. 

Peter Lim has said that he plans to use the guarantees and essentially get to own several players when Valencia CF defaults on the loans. Its two loans in essence, one for about 32 million euros and another one for 16 million euros. 

So the options are Valencia CF defaults and he gets to own several players, is it Guedes, Soler, etc...? Which players does he get? The other option is for Valencia CF to essentially have a massive sellout much like last season and sell Guedes, Cillessen, Maxi, Gaya and try and get 80+ million euros in order to pay its debts. 

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Jefferson Lerma to Valencia CF?

Jefferson Lerma to Valencia CF? According to Spanish reports Valencia CF is considering the purchase of Jefferson Lerma who plays for English Championship club AFC Bournemouth and the Colombia national team.

He is a defensive midfielder who occasionally plays as a right back and is good all across the midfield, so a versatile player who can play several positions and has quite a bit of experience playing for his nation and few Spanish clubs as well before arriving to AFC Bournemouth in 2018. 

The biggest issue for Valencia CF though is that the player is valued extremely high, we all know players in England are almost always overvalued and this is once again the case, but even if Valencia CF somehow manage to negotiate a lower fee we are still looking at about 10 million euros.  

Cillessen will miss the Euros

 Very bad news from a Valencia perspective...

Cillessen will miss the upcoming Euros. He tested positive for Covid, has had to self-isolate and was forced to miss the team's training camp as a result. He was expected to be the Netherlands' first choice goalkeeper in the tournament but Frank De Boer has therefore decided to omit him altogether.

Cillessen is one player I really don't want to sell as finding a good goalkeeper is tough, but as he is one of the highest wage earners in the squad, he's a prime target for an exit. Valencia would have been hoping that he'd have a good tournament and that would push the price up, so this is a real setback.

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Valencia earns €6 million in "prize" money

 Cadenaser report that Valencia have earned €6 million in "prize" money. I used " " because, of course, Valencia did zero of note to earn any prize money. It comes instead from bonus clauses in the contracts of players that we gifted last summer and season to other clubs.

Starting off, there's "El Capitan" Parejo. Villarreal's Europa league win brought us €2.25m from him. It doesn't really take away the sour taste of him being gifted to a rival for free but at least it's some money.

Coquelin is the second. We at least got some transfer fee for him, though it mostly cancelled out debt we still owed Villarreal for Cheryshev. To that we can now add €600,000, again from their Europa league win.

While those sums are nice, the whole situation is still a huge net negative. Even if they lose all Champions league games by hefty margins, Villarreal are guaranteed 31 million for participation, plus €1 million per point and around €8 million for TV money. Make it 40 million minimum with possibility of 20m more. That allows them to both outspend us and to attract players.

A last case which brought in even more money than those was Kondogbia. Valencia got €2 million due to Atletico's league win and €1 million because they reached the quarter finals of the Champions league. Again, better than nothing, but it would be far better to see Valencia earning money on its own rather than getting drips and drabs from rival teams' success.

Ultimately, this money does reduce the amounts needed to close the accounts. Instead of nearly €31 million, €25 million in player sales will now balance the books.

Guedes father: My son is done at Valencia CF

Very harsh words coming from Goncalo Guedes's father Rogerio Guedes on Antena 1. He said that with no Champions league or Europa League Guedes is done with Valencia CF and that his future lies elsewhere. He said that he did not know if Guedes will leave this summer, but that his long term future is elsewhere. 

I mean yeah VCF is out of any of the European competitions and we all know the reason for that, but Guedes has had very poor spells where people have questioned just how could Valencia CF pay such amount for him for such low return. So its not like he's been a standout performer all this time and carrying Valencia CF on his back, he's at times been part of the problem, so its unfair of his father to now disrespect the club like that. Yeah the club is run very poorly and we all know that, but again its not like certain players have risen up and carried the team on their backs, they've faltered even before many of the bad decisions. 

Guedes had a great first season, especially the first 6 months, but really slowed down towards the end and then in the second season after his injury he never recovered, a whole season he played poorly. 

Monday, May 31, 2021

Paco Alcacer in exchange for Goncalo Guedes?

There are reports from Spanish media about a possible swap of players between Valencia CF and Villarreal CF. Villarreal CF won the Europa League which netted them 8 million euros, but for each previous win they also earned quite a bit of money, so overall they would have earned anywhere between 20-25 million euros, plus they qualified for the Super cup which nets them additional 4 million euros and they qualified for the Champions League which will net them 19 million euros just by being in the group stage.

So they've got quite a bit of money and they want to improve their squad for the next season and have identified Goncalo Guedes as the perfect option for them. While they have received quite a lot of money its still not enough to outright purchase Guedes, so they are offering Paco Alcacer in addition to a large sum of money to facilitate the move. 

Would you accept this offer or do you think Guedes is not an option to sell, tell us in the comments.

Sunday, May 30, 2021

Valencia CF interested in David Timor

With the arrival of Jose Bordalas as coach of Valencia CF there has been a lot of speculation about possible arrivals from Getafe CF, players which the coach is keen to bring to Valencia CF and who would really strengthen the squad. One of the most talked about names is David Timor who is a defensive midfielder, but has been used by Bordalas as a center back and even an offensive midfielder, a variety player similar to Daniel Wass who can be used at few positions depending on the need.

His market value is also very low and he would be an realistic option for Valencia CF as David Timor is valued at only 1.5 million euros, even if is valued at 2.5 million euros its something that Valencia CF can afford and would be a solid value based deal. 

Goalkeeper Giorgi Mamardashvili to join Valencia CF?

It seems like Georgian goalkeeper Giorgi Mamardashivili is going to join Valencia CF, in fact according to the players agent the deal has all but been done and its just a matter of closing down the final touches. The goalkeeper will arrive on a one year loan deal with a purchase option at the end of the season.

If we do sign this new goalkeeper that tells me that the club is planning on selling Cillessen, there is no other option. Jaume is a low earner and selling him would barely bring any money to the club, while Cillessen is a high earner and if he has a good Euro with the Netherlands his price might as well reach 15 million euros, with addition of cutting his salary the club is going to gain a lot of money.

I think they are hoping that between Jaume Domenech and Giorgi Mamardashivili one will turn out solid and able to establish himself at the nr.1 keeper. 

Friday, May 28, 2021

Shock: Several players with Covid19 to miss National games

In really terrible news several Valencia CF players have been diagnosed with Covid19 and will miss playing for their national teams. Thierry Correia was the first one to be diagnosed with Covid19 and he will unfortunately miss the Euro for under21 for Portugal, next up is Maxi Gomez who will also miss games with his national team and most recently Cillessen has been diagnosed with Covid19 and will miss at least one match, though supposedly will still play at the Euro. Same story with Goncalo Guedes, but fortunately for him he will be able to play for Portugal once the two week isolation ends. 

Not the end of the world for some of the players as they will still get to play for their national teams after the isolation period ends, but for Correia and Maxi they will not be able to represent their teams. Really bad for them and for Valencia CF as Maxi's international performances might have significantly increased his value in case VCF decides to sell him. 

Thankfully Jose Luis Gaya has tested negative and will feature for Spain, so some good news in all this bad news. They are all asymptomatic as well, so no issues with their health at all, but a real bummer to have to miss international competition. 

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Jose Bordalas becomes Valencia CF coach

Jose Bordalas is Valencia CF new coach. The club has reached an agreement with Getafe CF and the coach for his arrival at Valencia CF on a two year deal plus an option to extend his contract a 3rd season. The club has also negotiated with Getafe CF for the release of the coach without a fee, but they've demanded a player or the removal of the 30% ownership clause from Maksimovic that VCF have. So far its unclear what the exact agreement is. The most likely option is that Valencia CF will loan a player to Getafe CF for one season with an option to purchase that player at the end of the season. That player is most likely Jason, but could be anyone really. 

In terms of Jose Bordalas and Valencia CF, the coach agreed a 2 year deal with Valencia CF with the option of one more year. 

Not my number one choice, but truth be told the options this season were limited and we would never get a good coach like Rafa Benitez back with Lim at the helm, so its the best of the rest. Best coach from the bottom half, half glass full type of deal. Now we have no choice but to stand by the choice and support him for the good for the club. He is definitely not a bad coach, he is defensively sound and plays a rigid type of game. If he can continue with the Voro fix in defense and have the team solid defensively we can maybe win games on the counter through Guedes, Yunus, Soler, etc... I'm expecting Kang-In Lee to leave BTW, because the chances of extending his contract are slim. If we do keep him for one more season and he gets a good amount of playing time, he might reconsider, but that is a very long shot.

Friday, May 21, 2021

Goncalo Guedes will play for Portugal

Goncalo Guedes has impressed with his performances these past few months and has gathered the eye of Portugal selector Fernando Santos who has called Goncalo Guedes to join the Portuguese team for the Euro competition.

The extension of 23 to 26 players also helped obviously, allowing for more players to be called and for Guedes to find his place back in the squad. We've also reported recently about serious interest from Sevilla FC about the player, with other clubs waiting in the wing and pondering their next move. His great performances towards the end of the season are paying off for the player and if Lim sells him, it will bring in big money.

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

José Bordalás the next Valencia CF coach?

Spanish media are reporting that current Getafe CF coach Jose Bordalas is the favorite to become Valencia CF next coach. He is 57 years of age and a very experienced Spanish coach, but his experience mostly comes from coaching smaller club in the second Spanish division, the biggest club he's coached is Getafe CF and he's been with them for over 5 years now. 

I don't know much about him, he's done fairly well with Getafe CF, nothing major really and looking at his numbers a 39% percentage win rate with Getafe CF doesn't make me confident about his skills. Before Getafe he coached Alaves from 2015 to 2016 and has a 50% win rate with them, but overall his win rate is 47% percent and he's not really an established coach. 

Right now he seems to be the favorite and he doesn't seem to mind coming here, he's done an interview in which he calls Valencia CF a big club and historically it is, its probably still the 3rd best club in Spain and 3rd biggest, but under Peter Lim I think the club has taken a beating and has lost a lot of its prestige and sporting power. 

What do you guys and gals think? Good choice or nay?

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Sevilla FC interested in Goncalo Guedes

Goncalo Guedes headed to Sevilla FC?
Valencia's Goncalo Guedes amazing performances these past few months haven't gone unnoticed with big clubs like Wolves, Liverpool FC and now Sevilla FC all interested in the player. Sevilla with their new found success are aiming high, they want to buy one of the best players in the league and a true magician when in full form, but Valencia CF are determined that if they are to lose Goncalo Guedes it has to be for a huge amount of money and not just some cash with players added. Valencia CF need 31 million just to balance the book for this year, not to mention additional money if they are to replace Guedes with another player.

Personally I would not sell Guedes for anything, well, maybe if a team decided to pay something like 80 million euros I'd be swayed, but only if I know VCF will bring in two very high quality reinforcements to strengthen the team. 

With his recent performances being so good there is no doubt Guedes new value is somewhere over 40 million euros, probably closer to 50 million euros. Again we know what Guedes is capable of, he showed us the first season, second season he started slow, there were an awful injury, etc... he hasn't always performed at his best, but I'd say the past 3 months he's reached and probably even surpassed the level he had in that first season for VCF. 

Valencia CF can build a team around Guedes, Gaya, Soler, Correia. These are the players to keep at all cost, we need a CL team, not a small selling club that is going to pay off Lim's terrible gambles with the club. 

Saturday, May 15, 2021

ESPN acquires La Liga rights with 8 year agreement

ESPN will take over English- and Spanish-language rights. La Liga, which features Barcelona, Real Madrid, Valencia CF, Sevilla FC has been televised by BeIN Sport since the 2012-13 season. Bein sports had 3 years remaining of their deal, but La Liga bought back the rights and approached ESPN to sell them the rights. 

ESPN+ will stream all 380 La Liga matches next season, and some will be televised on ESPN’s networks. The twice-a-season El Clásicos between Barcelona and Real Madrid are the most-viewed domestic league games worldwide and are likely to be on ABC.

Gartner said the league would work with ESPN to find an optimal match time if El Clásico were to end up on broadcast television. For most if the year, Spain is six hours ahead of New York, meaning a 9 p.m. start in Spain would be 3 p.m. Eastern and noon Pacific.

Some LaLiga programming will start appearing on ESPN+ on Saturday. The deal runs through the 2028-29 season and also includes select second-division games as well as the promotion playoffs.

Friday, May 14, 2021

Gerard Lopez wants to buy Valencia CF

Former Lille owner Gerard Lopez seeks to purchase a  new club, with Valencia CF being the primary target so far. He already owns Mouscron and Boavista, but wants a bigger club to be able to play for Champions league and maybe even some silverware. 

Interestingly he tried to acquire Southampton from Chinese owner Jisheng who owns 80% of the shares of the club with an initial offer of 130 million euros, but that hasn't materialized, so either his offer was rejected privately or he changed his target and started focusing on Valencia CF with all of the reports at that time about Valencia CF being sold and the prince of Johor, etc... 

Even though Peter Lim has stated that he has no intention of selling, I think with the big loss of merchandise sales this season, with the complete loss of season ticket sales due to Covid19, with the looming threat from the Valencian government of big penalties for Meriton for not fulfilling the contract about the new Mestalla and the Pavilion in its surroundings, with bigger and bigger calls from fans to boycott Valencia CF products and Meriton's properties I think he is going to have a hard time fighting off offers even if he is set on not selling. I think he probably wants to sell, he knows he is hated in Valencia by all of its fans by now, he knows he is going to be losing money with he club for at least the next 2-3 years, so publicly he is telling he doesn't plan to sale as a way to boost the clubs price or at the least maintain it, because if he announces he wants to sell the price will likely go down. 

Thursday, May 13, 2021

Mestalla opens its doors on Sunday

Valencia CF will open the doors to the Mestalla after the Spanish government allowed for a limited opening of stadiums, with 5000 seats being available for the match against SD Eibar. There has to be 1.5 meters of space around each person and no food, drinks or smokes will be allowed. In addition to that every attendee must wear some sort of mark the government has deemed 'special' and everyones temperature will be taken at the entrance, which I'm sure at temperatures reaching 30 degrees Celsius these days won't affect the people's temperature at all. 

Its better than being closed that's for sure, but only 5000 fans in a stadium with a capacity of 55k is very low. Question is how many fans will attend? There are ongoing calls for boycotting Valencia CF merchandise as well as Meriton's businesses and properties, on top of that a lot of people might be too afraid because of covid19 to attend, so it will be interesting to see if all of the available tickets are purchased. 

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Protest planned against Peter Lim

Wrote an article about Peter Lim's terrible management of Valencia CF just yesterday and these types of articles have been common in the 7 years since Lim's arrival. You can miscount several mishaps that happened due to lack of experience in owning and managing a club, due to wanting to make the club successful quick, due to not being familiar with Spanish football, etc... But you'd think one would learn from their mistakes, you'd think Lim would do things better over time, but no he's done things worse over time, he's become more stubborn in his ways and more arrogant than ever! 

When he sacked Marcelino and soon after Alemany I think it was the last straw for many people, there was no defending such an illogical, purely stupid move! Since then Valencia CF has been on a steep decline, and last season giving away most of the club's core players for barely nothing or free was just the peak of his terrible management of this club. No foresight to predict how failing to qualify for the Champions league can negatively affect the team, how the move itself is going to be seen, how it will negatively affect the players to sack in such a manner such a bellowed and respected coach.

He could have been the arrogant hot head that he is and fired him in the summer, without ALL of the negative consequences firing him at the beginning of the season for no reason, and who knows the team might have even failed to qualify for the Champions league even with Marcelino, so Lim would have the perfect excuse. Again it doesn't take too much to know this, its not rocket science. 

Anyways people are sick of it and are planning a massive protest against Peter Lim and Meriton on May 8th. There's been several protests over the past 2 years against Meriton, each one becoming bigger and more serious.