Transfer windows across Europe are open and the madness has begun.
Valencia have been known in the past to have strong teams but a crazy management/board team above them and insane financial troubles that never really let them push on. It seems like it’s due to happen all over again.
A fire sale has begun and both Francis Coquelin and Dani Parejo have left the club. The COVID-19 pandemic has left the club scrambling for funds, which means they have allowed both to join rivals Villarreal for a COMBINED fee of just €8million. Wonderkid Ferran Torres has also left, joining Manchester City in a deal worth a maximum €30million depending on add-on incentives being met.
Since they’re allowing players to join rival clubs for ridiculous fees, shouldn’t everyone be eyeing up their squad? And who should be top of everyone’s shopping lists?
First up, undoubtedly should be Jose Gaya. The left back is one of the brightest talents in the squad and is only 25 years old. His rapid pace and attacking attributes would place him among the better full-backs in Europe but his defensive attributes aren’t the best. He’s short so always a target aerially while he often relies on his pace to make up for his lack of positional awareness.
Lots of top teams in the Premier League are reportedly looking for a left-back and considering a low fee is likely to be enough to take him, Gaya could definitely be a target. Chelsea, Manchester United, Tottenham and even Manchester City could bring him in and improve their squad options. He’s good enough on the ball and more of a threat than all of their current options to make it worthwhile, although he wouldn’t be a lock to start at any of those clubs bar maybe Chelsea.
Another player that everyone will be looking at is Portugal international Gonçalo Guedes. The forward can play on both wings and through the middle and is a constant goal threat. Guedes is only 23 years old and has experience at the top level, including score the goal that won Portugal the UEFA Nations League last summer. He’s a good dribbler and has excellent shooting technique but he has issues with consistency. He often blows hot and cold throughout a season and that lack of consistency is what has held him back from progressing to the top level. A club like Arsenal or Everton could really do well to have him in the side whether from the start or just to greatly improve their attacking depth.
Striker Rodrigo will also be a target for sides. The Spaniard has previously been a target for both Real Madrid and Barcelona and with a fee way below the €60million that Valencia have previously wanted likely to be enough, they could reignite that interest. Barcelona want Lautaro Martinez this summer but if a deal for the Argentine can’t be struck, then a cut-price deal for Rodrigo could be ideal. Manchester United could do with a striker option to compete with Anthony Martial, while Spurs could do with back-up for Harry Kane that can be relied upon. Arsenal could look to replace Alexandre Lacazette during this window and they’d be able to turn a profit if they moved for Rodrigo as his replacement too. He’s got good speed, he’s a good finisher and his link play is good enough to see him compete as the regular starting striker for Spain’s national team in recent times.
Valencia’s squad is strong, and they have plenty of talent other than the three players mentioned above. Carlos Soler, Geoffrey Kondogbia, Gabriel Paulista, Jasper Cillessen and Maxi Gomez could all be targets too for clubs elsewhere and would see the ‘Ches’ completely stripped of their assets.
During a time where the club are in financial ruin (again) and other clubs are adamant they don’t want to get ripped off while looking to improve their squad for the new season, Valencia could be in big trouble this summer.