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

Wednesday, August 4, 2021

100 million euros injection for Valencia CF

Valencia CF will get 100 million euros in the next few seasons as part of the deal between the private venture capital firm CVC and La Liga. CVC bought 10% of La Liga for about 2.7 billion euros, a lot of that money is going to go to the clubs, with 15% of that for transfers the clubs do, 15% to reduce the clubs debt and the other money will go into building infrastructure. 

This means that in the near future Valencia CF future seems a lot more secure, but the club will still need to strategically invest and make sure it competes for Champions league football again in order to be financially sustainable. 

Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Sampdoria going after Kang-In Lee

Italian football club Sampdoria are interested in Valencia CF midfielder Kang-In Lee and reportedly want to purchase the player, with Valencia CF being in the precarious position of being forced to sell the player this season or lose him for free the next one!

Kang-In Lee contract expires next summer and he has made his intentions that he wants to move on clear with no intentions at least publicly of changing his mind, therefore Valencia CF needs to sell him now in order to make some money off of him. He is valued at about 16-18 million euros, though Sampdoria isn't a financial powerhouse and will likely go in with a much lower offer between 11-12 million euros. 

Friday, July 23, 2021

James Léa Siliki the poor man's Jefferson Lerma

Valencia CF are moving focus away from Jefferson Lerma and onto James Léa Siliki a professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Ligue 1 club Stade Rennais.

James Léa Siliki has played for Rennais since 2017 and has featured a total of 123 times for them, with 84 of those in the domestic league. He is currently valued at about 3-4 million euros and has a contract with them till 2023. 

Valencia CF have hit a brick wall in with the arrival of Jefferson Lerma as the club is unable to meet the players transfer fee, so they are turning to cheaper options. 

Valencia CF still going after its targets

Valencia CF is still trying to get some of the players we've reported on here. The club is negotiating with AFC Bournemouth for the transfer of Jefferson Lerma, and the club is still trying to sign Marcos Andre the Valladolid's striker. Some reporting says that Valencia CF even sent an initial bid for the player, but it was rejected. 

Jaison Murillo is still a target as the club is trying desperately to sell Mouctar Diakhaby and bring in a new central defender. David Timor from Getafe CF is still an option and Valencia CF could swoop in for him after we sell a player and are able to more freely go in the transfer market. 

Uros Djurdevic is also an option, though as of right now the club is looking to bring either a midfielder or central defender, a striker is not a big concern as of right now as Maxi Gomez will be staying with Valencia CF. I guess the new coach thinks he can enable Maxi Gomez to score more goals, though even he he wanted to get rid of him its just not possible as there are no offers for the player.

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Valencia CF 3-0 Atromitos FC preseason friendly

Valencia CF plays its second preseason friendly match this afternoon at 19:00pm CET against Atromitos FC, a Greek professional football club that plays in the Super league. 

Jose Bordalas has focused mainly on fitness and strength at the start of the preseason and his primary focus is and will be the defense which he wants to make super strong, precise and Valencia's best weapon. That doesn't mean other parts have been neglected, with the team training and working on everything.

We'll see how the team performs tonight and what has been achieved so far, I have some expectations considering we beat Villarreal CF in our first match, so I'm hoping for an improved performance in this game considering we are playing a weaker opponent and I expect to see a secure win.

And as I was expecting we did see a much better Valencia CF this time around, albeit against a much weaker opponent, though still it was relieving to see Valencia CF not struggling to score goals and having an easy time dealing with the weaker opposition, which is something the team struggled last season and drew most of the games it was supposed to win.

Valencia CF won by 3 goals to 0, two goals scored in the second half and one in the second half for a comfortable win. Some of the notable mentions are Yunus Musah playing in central midfield once again and doing well until his injury, hopefully its nothing major and he can return to playing in a week or so. Jason scored a wonderful long range goal and Guedes scored a similarly wonderful goal at a closer range though.

Valencia CF coach Jose Bordalas played two different teams in each halves, giving a ton of players a chance to prove themselves, including quite a few younger players. 

Monday, July 19, 2021

Jefferson Lerma close to signing with Valencia CF

Colombian midfielder Jefferson Lerma is very close to joining Valencia CF with the player's agent having agreed personal contract details and waiting on both clubs to reach an agreement over the fee and payment method of the player. Since Valencia CF is strapped for cash and the player is worth some 14-15 million euro the club is looking for alternative ways to pay for the player including player swap deal, loan with a mandatory purchase option at the end of the season or just paying out in 4 increments over 4 years! 

Valencia CF is also looking to lower the fee of the player as we know English clubs tend to overvalue all of their players, so realistically his price is more in line with 9-10 million euros and if Valencia CF can add in a player swap with someone like Cheryshev or Alex Blanco then they would only need to pay 3-4 million euros.

Valencia CF is still working on selling a bigger player to try and gain some money and be able to balance the budget, but with governments all over the world shutting down the economy and preventing most human interaction from taking place, stadiums have been shut down over one and a half year now and clubs have had to deal with a huge reduction in earnings, which means clubs are only willing to pay big money for big stars or big upcoming talents, someone who is hot and cold like Guedes is not attracting too much money. 

Latest reports have it that Atletico Madrid and even Sevilla FC are interested in Guedes, but they aren't willing to pay more than 25 million in cash and prefer deals with players added to bridge the gap in money, while Valencia CF wants pure cash in order to balance the books and have a little bit of leftover money to cover for incoming transfers.

Friday, July 16, 2021

Ezequiel Garay announces his retirement

 Ezequiel Garay announced his retirement from professional football today.

The player had been without a club since leaving us last year. He revealed that he had been suffering with a long term injury since 2018 and had had offers from other clubs since leaving us, but felt that it would have been dishonest to accept them since the injury situation would have meant he would only have been available for one game out of every three.

Valencia first attempted to buy Garay in summer 2015 as Otamendi's replacement. It's not clear why the deal didn't happen then and we got Abdennour instead, who turned out to be a disaster. 

With the hapless Abdennour shipped out on loans we got Garay the following year and his best years followed with the arrival of Marcelino in 2017 as he formed a solid backline with Paulista. Ultimately, his decision to speak out strongly against the sacking of Marcelino sealed his fate. Given Lim's vindictiveness, he would have been released last year anyway. A serious injury suffered against Celta in the 43rd minute on 1 February 2020 proved to be the end of his career. In total he played 114 games for us over four seasons, scoring 6 goals.  

It's unclear why no one picked him up last season. He was still highly rated enough to be signed on a contract that would include a significant "pay as you play" element. Ultimately it wasn't to be and I'm sure all of us will wish him well in his retirement.

Saturday, July 10, 2021

Valencia CF new 21-22 dress

Valencia CF new shirt design leaked online, its sponsored and designed by Puma and has the new VCF fan token logo on it in the front. 

The away shirt is red with black details, which is a departure any shirt design in the the past decade or more.

Tuesday, July 6, 2021

Valencia CF preseason

Valencia CF is still trying to maneuver in the transfer market with little success. The number one reinforcement that Jose Bordalas wants is a new central defender is order to try and improve our defense and build from there. 
Valencia CF is also hoping to sell Mouctar Doakhaby and buy an additional defender as well, but so far there has been no interest for Diakhaby and how could there be? He has been a bad performer and in a money stricken year due to Covid19 no club is willing to spend money on an average player, everyone is looking for the next big star.

Valencia CF preseason starts on the 16th of July against Villarreal CF, then about a week later it continues with Artomitos, then Cartagena, Real Zaragoza and culminating with Levante UD on July 30th. The biggest challenge this preseason is our first match against Villarreal, but from then it actually get easier, then finally the two last matches are a decent measure to see where our team stands, I'm hoping for wins against Zaragoza and Levante to show that the team has improved over last season!

Jose Bordalas want to see new players arrive before the friendly matches start, as he wants to see those players compete and get to know their skills that way, but it seems less and less likely that he'll get his wishes. 

Remember that the club still wants to sell players in the region of 30 million euros in order to balance the budget and have a little money leftover for few cheap "reinforcements". Ultimately the club may be planning to go on a loan spree and get players on loan to help us this season with a purchase option added.

There is no other news, there is barely any transfer speculation either, unless the team sells big for 30+ million euros we can't even talk about bringing players in. In terms of who leaves there are multiple options, Guedes, Gaya, Diakhaby, Kang-In Lee, Cheryshev, Cillessen are all on the list.

Friday, July 2, 2021

Valencia CF sign Omar Alderete

Valencia CF have signed an agreement with Paraguayan professional footballer Omar Alderete who currently plays as a center back for German football club Hertha BSC, as well as the Paraguayan national team! 

Valencia CF now needs to negotiate with Hertha for the arrival of the player and Valencia CF are focusing on securing the player on a one year loan deal with an option to purchase the player at the end of the season! Valencia CF want to see how the player performs before they make a permanent move for him, but Hertha want to get some monetary gain out of it, so they are pushing for a clause if the player features a certain amount of games in all competitions to trigger an automatic purchase. Valencia CF also seems okay with such a clause. 

Valencia CF coach Jose Bordalas has also approved of this deal and seems happy with his first signing, if this is it. If VCF manage to sell Mouctar Diakhaby then the club will look to bring in Jason Murillo as the last center back.

Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Martin Braithwaite to join Valencia CF?

Martin Braithwaite to join Valencia CF? Valencia CF are supposedly in negotiations with FC Barcelona over the purchase of Martin Braithwaite. He is a Danish forward who joined FC Barcelona in 2020 on an emergency exception after the long term injury of Ousmane Dembele.

They paid off his release clause of 18 million euros and he has since featured 40 times for FC Barcelona and scoring 3 goals in the process. Since the arrival of Aguero from City to Barcelona this summer, they are looking to offload Martin as he is seen as an expensive substitute that will only be used sparingly. FC Barcelona are using Valencia's interest in the player to try and sway them to part ways with Gaya in what would be a player plus cash type of deal. They are hoping to pay Valencia CF 25 million euros, just as much as VCF need to balance the books for this year and give us Martin Braithwaite who they still value at 18 million euros. 

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Marcos Andre is Valencia CF latest target

Marcos Andre is a Brazilian footballer who plays as a forward for Spanish club Real Valladolid. He is 24 years of age, but so far he has played mostly for lower level clubs and B teams. The best Marcos Andre has done is with Mirandes with which he featured 38 games and scored 12 goals. 

He is a very cheap player though, he would come in at about 2-3 million euros and these are the type of players Valencia CF are looking at right now to "reinforce" the club with, they are hoping that Bordalas is a magician and can turn low level players into top level players. 

Personally I'd just keep Maxi Gomez and hope that Bordalas is able to get the most out of him, he is still a bigger talent, rather than go with some unknows who haven't had any sort of good seasons and hope that Bordalas can magically make them top level, its just too unrealistic. 

Friday, June 18, 2021

New sponsor for Valencia CF

Valencia CF has a new main sponsor that will be printed on the front of the shirts after the club was forced to part ways with Bwin due to overburdening regulations preventing displaying betting sponsorship on shirts. Extremely bad law that will negatively affect sports teams and will have no discernable impact on actual gaming, especially when traditional video games are literally having slot machines in their games and young kids are using their parents credit cards to purchase "packs" and/or ingame items.

Kids are being exposed to essentially gambling at 10yo through video games, but they are going after advertisement for sports clubs, talk about having no clue! 

Anyways the good news for Valencia CF is that they've found a new sponsor, is an online company creating some sort of interaction for clubs and fans, not sure what that is all about, but regardless the most important thing is that VCF has a new sponsor and won't lose out on too much money! 

We don't know the amount of money Valencia CF will be getting with this new deal, I have the feeling that its probably less than the 5 million euros the club was getting from Bwin, but you can't compare a powerful betting company with some new online website. If I had to guess I'd say Valencia CF are getting about 4 million euros per season.

Angulo appointed coach of Valencia Mestalla

Valencia CF legend Miguel Angel Angulo has been named the head coach of Valencia CF B team the Mestalla, he replaces coach Óscar Fernández who oversaw one of the worst seasons for the Mestalla team in its history, losing most of the games and being relegated to Spain's fifth division.

Angulo is one of the most recognizable names in recent Valencia history, he played for Valencia CF for 12 seasons and was part of the squad that reached two Champions league finals and won the Spanish league. He is one of the most decorated Valencia CF players ever and one of the most known names. 

I wish him all the best, plenty of success, and hopefully after several successful years leading the Mestalla maybe even becoming Valencia CF coach.

Thursday, June 17, 2021

Sporting CP on the verge of buying Wass

Sporting CP is reportedly on the verge of buying Daniel Wass and media from Portugal claim that the two clubs have agreed for the transfer of Daniel Wass to Sporting CP.

Valencia CF has supposedly agreed to a 5 million euros deal for Daniel Wass and is now up to the player to decide his future. Daniel Wass was contemplating leaving for Denmark and playing out the rest of his years there, but this could be an interesting turn of events for him.

Daniel Wass is a versatile player and I think Bordalas would want to keep him if he can, especially we have have Diakhaby, Cheryshev, Guedes, Kang-In Lee leave also. That is a lot of players and a lot of positions to cover, so I'm sure he'd like to keep most of the players unless the absolute need to sell to reach 30 million. It could actually be much less, because Valencia CF did get some money from the transfers of some of our former players as we've retained either certain share of the player or had clauses for more money which they reached. Now Rodrigo De Paul has been sold for close to 40 million euros and Valencia CF is going to get another 3-4 million euros for that sale, so that means those 31 million that we had to get would become more like 23-24 million euros.

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Valencia CF after Robert Kenedy

Valencia CF coach wants Robert Kenedy from Chelsea FC who played last season on loan at Granada CF in which he scored 4 goals and provided 3 assists. He is also one one of the fastest sprinters in La Liga and Jose Bordalas has identified the Brazilian as the replacement for Guedes, and valued at only 10 million euros the club would be able to afford him after the sale of Goncalo Guedes.

As I've reported previously Goncalo Guedes is on his way out, after his father's interview saying his son's future is away from Valencia CF, Guedes has not denied his fathers claims and by bot denying them, has basically confirmed he wants to leave this summer. He is likely to net around 40 million euros, especially if he has a good euro performance, and with a small portion of the money Valencia CF will be looking to find a replacement for him and Robert Kenedy seems like Valencia's preferred target to replace Guedes! 

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Ezequiel Ponce on Valencia CF radar

Argentinian football player Ezequiel Ponce who currently plays for Spartak Moscow is on Valencia CF radar. His main position is center forward, but can also play on both wings and is currently valued at 6-7 million euros. Ezequiel Ponce also has Spanish citizenship which makes him an interesting option for Valencia CF as the club are looking at relatively cheap players with low wages and having Spanish citizenship really makes him an attractive option for Valencia CF.

His best showing has been for AEK Athens in the Greek league in which he scored 16 goals in 27 league matches, he's had lesser impact at Spartak Moscow, but at 24 years old he still has time to improve. Forwards usually get in their prime at 25-28 years old. 

Monday, June 14, 2021

City council to fine Peter Lim 2 million euros

Valencia's local authorities are considering a 2.3 million euros fine on Peter Lim because of the breach of the ATE, which the club agreed to when it got the land for the new Mestalla. Ximo Puig who previously been very lenient on the issue has done a 180 degrees and would probably be in favor of a fine. 

The plan is to actually fine Meriton and its owner Peter Lim as basically the owner of Valencia CF, rather than the club itself which functions as a subsidiary of Meriton. 

Jonathan Ikone to join Valencia CF?

Jonathan Ikone to join Valencia CF?
Jonathan Ikoné is a French footballer who plays as a winger for Ligue 1 club Lille and the France national team. The French talent was one of the best players last season and as such became champion with Lille SC. He is currently valued 30 million by transfermarkt, but reports from Spain media suggest his realistic price is closer to 20 million euros. He plays as a right winger, but can play in any forward position.

Valencia CF are preparing for the loss of Goncalo Guedes who's father as many of you know said in a recent interview that his son is essentially finished at Valencia CF, and recent interviews with the player have only exacerbated that feeling as he has not denied leaving Valencia CF this summer.

Saturday, June 12, 2021

Denis Cheryshev to leave Valencia CF?

Denis Cheryshev is on his way out of Valencia CF, as the club is looking to sell him and bring in a younger and inexpensive player to replace him, or maybe even rely on the younger players like Vallejo, Yunus, etc... Denis Cheryshev is in the upper echalon of earners in Valencia CF and while not quite the high earner like Maxi, Cillessen, Guedes, Gaya, etc... he is earning a lot comparatively how many times he's featured for Valencia CF.

Valencia CF are aware that they aren't going to get a lot of money from his sale, but even a modest 4-5 million euros will be enough when coupled with the reduction in his salary. The club has an issue in selling some of the players it planned to like Cillessen and Maxi Gomez as there doesn't appear to be any good offers for them and Cillessen has also fallen out of the Dutch squad due to testing positive to covid19, so that makes it unlikely that Valencia CF are going to receive any big offers for the player. I predicted that he is not going to fetch more than 12-14 million euros, goalkeepers usually don't fetch very high prices especially when they are older and if they are not considered in the best 5 goalkeepers in the region.