Showing posts with label transfer speculations. Show all posts
Showing posts with label transfer speculations. Show all posts

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

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. 

Friday, June 11, 2021

Joaquin Fernandez on Valencia CF radar

Real Valladolid central defender Joaquin Fernandez is on Valencia CF radar as the team is looking to strengthen the defense in accordance with Jose Bordalas wishes and demands. 

Real Valladolid have been relegated to the second division this season and they will have to sell a number of players as they want to continue playing in the first division and some might even have options in their contract to be able to join other teams in case of relegation.

Joaquin Fernandez will come in cheap at 3 million euros and a low salary, so just the type of player Valencia CF wants. He's played for Real Valladolid since 2018/19 season as a central defender, though can also play as a defensive midfielder. 

Monday, June 7, 2021

Jeison Murillo to return to Valencia CF?

There are reports coming from Spanish media that Jeison Murillo might return to Valencia CF as the club plans to sell Mouctar Diakhaby and bring in another central defender to take his place, with David Timor also coming in as a backup in midfield and central defender. If all goes according to plan then Valencia CF will have Paulista, Hugo, Murillo and David in central defense, and David would also cover in midfield, especially if Daniel Wass is sold as he only has a year remaining on his contract.

Anyways Jeison Murillo first joined Valencia CF on a loan deal from Inter Milan, after a successful season on loan the club purchased the player, but then he never really played that season and the next he was loaned out to FC Barcelona and then in the second half of the season to Sampdoria, who then purchased him in the summer after he made 10 appearances for them, but then loaned him out to Celta de Vigo after being unused in the first half of their season.

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.

Thursday, June 3, 2021

Daniel Wass wants to leave

Not much good news on the Valencia front. Reports say that Wass is looking to leave as he feels like his time in Spain is up and would like to return to his native Denmark. 

Wass' statements, in contrast to Guedes' father are at least respectful: "People underestimate the size of the club that Valencia really is" but also says that he thinks it may be the right moment to leave. Ultimately he acknowledges that it's down to Valencia.

Wass joined us from Celta in summer 2018 and in his 3 seasons, he's played 131 games, managing 8 goals and 14 assists. Probably the most important of those was the equaliser at Mestalla against Chelsea in the Champions league, even if it looked like a fluke. Unspectacular figures, but for me he's been a very useful squad player, being able to cover right back, right wing and back-up for central midfield and especially since he hardly ever gets injured.

Clubs mentioned as possible destinations are either the club of his youth, Brondby, or FC Copenhagen. Wass has a year left on his contract and the club were already working on an extension of a year, with the possibility of one on top of that. Valencia are unlikely to get much: maybe a million or as little as half a million in transfer fees. 

For me, I'd do what I could to keep him, due to the useful squad role he plays. I'd even consider just letting him run out the last year of his contract. 500,000 isn't going to be much help to Valencia's finances.

So what do you think? Keep or let go?

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.  

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. 

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. 

Friday, April 30, 2021

FC Barcelona interested in Jose Luis Gaya

FC Barcelona interested in Gaya
FC Barcelona are keep on signing Jose Luis Gaya as a long term replacement for Jordi Alba who is in his last years of his career, and are trying to find a proper replacement. FC Barcelona have identified Jose Luis Gaya as the best possible replacement for Jordi Alba and are keep to make a move if Jose Luis Gaya does not extend his contract this year. We have some reports that Jose Luis Gaya has either already signed a contract extension with Valencia CF or is about to in the summer, but we'll have to wait and see how trustworthy this information is.

Valencia CF has been churning out high quality left backs for over a decade now, with Jordi Alba, Juan Bernat, Jose Luis Gaya, Toni Lato, etc... FC Barcelona are looking to repeat the success with Jordi Alba by signing Gaya at his prime and have him establish himself at Barcelona. At Barcelona Gaya's salary is going to go up over 50% percent, and even though he is in the top level of highest paid players at Valencia CF, barely behind the likes of Guedes and Maxi Gomez, he would earn at least 2 million euros more at FC Barcelona.

There are other clubs also following Gaya's contract development, clubs like Bayern Munich, Manchester City and others.


Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Roberto Moreno Valencia CF new coach?

Roberto Moreno new Valencia 
CF coach?
Spanish media are reporting that former Spanish and Monaco coach Roberto Moreno has been contacted by Peter Lim and is one of the favorites to become the next Valencia CF manager! As I've reported couple dozen times now, Javi Gracia is set to be sacked in the summer, Valencia CF has put a clause in his contract that they can rescind the contract within 2 weeks after the season finishes and they won't have to pay Javi Gracia any damages.

Other coaching names that have been recently linked to Valencia CF are Jose Mourniho, Claudio Ranieri and few other Spanish coaches that have been mentioned for quite a while now. 

Friday, April 23, 2021

Jose Mourinho in talks with Valencia CF

Jose Mourinho to Valencia CF?
Jose Mourinho has begun talks with Valencia CF about his arrival to the Mestalla in what appears to be a big friendly push by Jorge Mendes to setup Jose Mourinho with a new job as quickly as possibly, and hookup his friend and business partner Peter Lim with a solid manager.

Jose Mourinho's salary at Tottenham was huge, much more than Valencia CF can afford, but because he was sacked he is set to receive a huge compensation which would leave him extremely well of financially, so he will be looking for an ambitious sporting project and of course doing a favor to his agent and friend Jorge Mendes. Peter Lim is also looking at the possibility of using some of the summer player sales money to increase the budget for the coach and make available 4 million euros for a seasonal salary, with big bonuses if Valencia CF qualify for the Champions league, in the region of additional 1.5 million euros.

Thursday, April 22, 2021

Kang-In Lee for Rafa Mir swap

Kang-In Lee will not renew his contract and thus Valencia CF will be looking to sell him in the summer when the transfer window opens! I've written in previous article about some of the reasons Kang-In Lee isn't renewing his contract, but the main reason is the lack of playing time he's gotten under Gracia. Since he didn't want to renew his contract without improved playing time, the team saw it fit to punish Kang-In Lee by instructing Gracia to never play him until he renews, but that just put things into a never ending negative circle and basically cemented Lee's wishes to continue elsewhere. 

With Kang-In Lee's contract expiring next year, Valencia CF must sell him this year and get as much possible for him, otherwise he would just leave for free next season. Valencia CF been asking around about Rafa Mir and showing interest in our former player, so that gives Valencia CF the option to offer Kang-In Lee for Rafa Mir. The current Valencia CF player is valued higher, but he also has much less playing time this season, while Rafa Mir has been featuring regularly and scoring goals, increasing his market value slowly but surely, with his value surely to reach 15 million euros in the summer. 

Friday, April 16, 2021

Claudio Ranieri to return to Valencia CF?

Reports from Italy are suggesting that Valencia CF want to bring back Claudio Ranieri for the third time in a bid to rebuild the squad and improve our younger players. Claudio Ranieri is well known for taking weak teams and building them up to become serious competitors ever since the start of his career. He is known as the tinker because he is always trying new stuff, new tactics and formation, so he'll rebuild a team and make them much better competitors, but will continue tinkering to the point where at some point they regress to a serious degree and then he is sacked.

Ranieri was the coach of Cagliari between 1988 and 1991, taking the Casteddu from Serie C to Serie A in three years, so its not wonder that they are also interested in bringing Ranieri to their side. Ranieri's contract expires this season with Sampdoria and his contract still hasn't been extended, which means he is most likely going to be a free agent in the summer. 

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Valencia CF to reacquire Rafa Mir?

Valencia CF sold Rafa Mir in 2018 to Premier League club Wolves who incidentally also have former Valencia CF coach Nuno Santo managing them. On 24 November 2015, Mir was called up to the main squad by manager Nuno Espírito Santo. So no wonder Wolves purchased Rafa Mir, although he was instantly loaned out and has been loaned out each consecutive season.

Wolves last loaned Rafa mir to Huesca, and he's broken through with them and scored 15 goals in all competitions, also providing several assists. He has scored in each of their last six matches and of course with that he brought big attention on to himself.