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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Valencia CF explore more defensive options

Even with Eder Balanta on the way from River Plate (pending the availability of EU passports), Valencia CF have been exploring other defensive options.

Still being explored is Marcos Rojo. However this transfer now seems very unlikely as Sporting have been asking upwards of 20 million euros for the Argentine. In addition, Valencia CF would need another EU passport, one that it doesn't have. Currently, Jonas, Araujo, de Paul and Otamendi have taken up those slots and Valencia CF is only allowed three. Jonas and Araujo will probably be on their way out, and de Paul will soon get an Italian passport. This gives Valencia CF two slots, one of which will go to Balanta and the other to Enzo Perez. Therefore, there is simply no room for Rojo.

Another name on the table, is 24 year old Brazilian and Olympique de Marseille defender, Lucas Mendes. He is capable of playing both as central midfielder and a left-back. Marseille is willing to let him go should a good offer come in. His market value seems to be from 3-5 million euros. He is eligible for a Portuguese passport so that he won't be a problem.

The other name, which I think has been suggested on this blog, is 26 year old Italian and Juventus center-back Angelo Ogbonna. However, he would cost somewhere around 13 million euros.

He has been reduced to a bench role in recent times so I wouldn't be surprised if he wanted a change of scenery. But we also have to consider that there is a new manager at Juventus so he might still have a chance of being a starter. He is more experienced than Mendes and plays for a bigger club so between him and Mendes, I would prefer him. He has an Italian passport so he won't be an issue either.

Any thoughts on the new targets? Who would you like to see at Valencia CF?

Official: Guaita transfers to Getafe

Valencia CF made it official today that Guaita will transfer to Getafe for free. Guaita was one of the players who came up from the Mestalla B team into the first team. He was also one of the captains of the side (all three are now gone, Mathieu, Costa and Guaita).

Guaita did very well when he first came into the team and could've very well been a huge success. He was even said to be capable of being called up for the Spanish national team. All that changed when Diego Alves gave him something to think about. Alves fought with Guaita for the spot and came out victorious. Instead of fighting back to earn the spot, Guaita simply complained. That attitude could very well be what cost him a place in Nuno's team. Meanwhile, Nuno chose to count on Jaume and bring in Yoel Rodriguez from Celta, leaving no room for the sulking Guaita.

Now, the deal is in fact for free, however Valencia CF retained some economic rights meaning they will take a portion of any future transfer. In addition, Valencia CF also insisted and got a right of first refusal option, meaning the player will be offered to Valencia CF first should another team want to purchase him from Getafe. This way Guaita gets his playing time and if he recovers the fantastic form he was on, Valencia CF can still get him back.

Any thoughts on this transfer?

Everton interested in Guardado

Premier League club Everton is reportedly interested in signing Andres Guardado. Everton manager Roberto Martinez is said to be a big fan of the player and he wants him. They are currently preparing a bid for the Mexican winger.

We have yet to see much of Guardado in the pre-season so I am a bit reluctant about selling him. We did see him last game against Universidad Catolica, but it was in midfield not at his natural wing position.

If we do go ahead with this sale anyway, we should make some good money considering the good performance put in by Guardado in the World Cup. If he leaves, it has to be for good money otherwise I'm against it. That is the deciding factor along with his role in Nuno's plans.

So far it seems like the left wing spot will go to Piatti judging by preseason performances thus far. If Guardado leaves, it might free up room for someone like Viera to break into the team.

Any thoughts on Guardado? Sell him or not?

The Board votes YES to Lim!

The board has voted in favor of selling 70% of the shares to Peter Lim. The meeting also featured members from PwC consulting and Meriton Holdings Limited which explained the terms of the contract and what they can offer at the beginning of the meeting. The meeting took almost five hours and from the 19 trustees at the vote, 17 voted 'yes' and 2 voted 'no'. With this the contract between Meriton Holdings Limited (Lim's company) and Valencia CF is agreed upon. The sale will be subject to the cases with Bankia and Porchinos being resolved.

The next date to look forwards to is August 16, which is the date when exclusitivity between Bankia and Meriton Holding Limited ends. If the deal with Bankia is not settled then things will fall apart quickly since ten days after (August 26), a payment of 44 million is due to Bankia. The Porchinos case on the other hand is said to be on its way to resolution and should be solved the week before the August 16 deadline (from the 11th-15th of August).

There are some reports that Aurelio Martinez the President of the Valencia CF Foundation, has declared his resignation in the press conference after the vote conditional upon the sale of the club.

This vote is pretty significant. This when transfers in and out will pick up speed. Expect a lot of movement this coming week, particularly the likes of Balanta, Enzo Perez and Zuculini. Meanwhile, Guaita, among others, will be announced out following the arrival of Yoel Rodriguez on loan.

In case you're wondering who voted 'no', Christopher Grau of the City Council was one name who was said to have disagreed with the wording of something in the contract. The other figure was unidentified. Apparently there wasn't much anonymity in the vote.

Any thoughts?

Yoel Rodríguez joins Valencia CF

Celta de Vigo goalkeeper Yoel Rodríguez Oterino joins Valencia CF on a one year loan deal with the option for Valencia CF to purchase the player for 2.5 million euros at the end of the season.

This means that Vicente Guaita is close to leaving and I wouldn't be surprised if he moved to another club within 10 days.

Yoel Rodriguez was first choice goalkeeper last year for Celta and overall he' featured 78 times on goal.

The fact that he comes on a loan deal is a bit strange and I wonder if the situation is same as with Gomes and Rodrigo, since the club is planning permanent deals only once the club has been sold to Peter Lim, which now seems to be going a lot slower than initially thought.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Fantasy football

Hey guys, its that time of the year again. Everyone please join my custom premier league fantasy league.

The more people we get the better, compete against me and other Valencia CF fans for the ultimate premier league expert knowledge bragging rights.

Last year my team failed miserably, on the back end of the table, even though I had almost all of the big names, like Silva, Suarez, etc... my failure was picking the right captain.

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Valencia CF lose out on Vietto

Valencia CF have chosen not to activate the first refusal option on Luciano Vietto. This means that the talented Argentine youngster will be heading to rivals Villareal instead. The Valencia CF management does not see the striker role as an immediate concern and prefers to focus on other areas particularly the defense and midfield. This is the second one we lost to Villareal in recent times, the other being Giovanni dos Santos.