Valencia’s Plans For Next Summer’s Transfer Window
The sporting team at Valencia has already started planning for next season and has already started talks about contract renewals for a number of players including Banega and Jordi Alba, these negotiations will be intensified as the staff are preparing the team for next season. It might seem as if there’s a lot of time left before next season but president Manuel Llorente has asked his staff to prepare the team before their rivals with greater economic power. The team is determined to strengthen all positions and a minimum of six signings will be made.
Valencia have already reached a verbal agreement with Andrés Guardado to join the team, the priority is the right back position and negotiations for Ajax for Gregory Van der Wiel have reached advanced stages. Besides these two positions which Valencia have already targeted players for, Valencia are also looking for a centre back, defensive midfielder, right winger and a striker. Also, the club are yet to decide on who will coach the team next season as Unai Emery’s contract expires at the end of the season.
The first signing that will be made is Andrés Guardado who is set to sign for the club on January 2, the left winger will sign as a free agent and will join when his contract expires next summer. Braulio Vazquez has been watching the player for years and spoke with his agent Mario Ordiales last season telling him that Guardado is player that will fit in Valencia.
The next step for the sporting staff is to sign a right back and Gregory Van der Wiel has been chosen by them. Miguel and Bruno’s contracts expire at the end of the season and neither of them will renew. Miguel’s impressive performance at the start of the season has made the team to consider extending the player’s contract for another year which includes a minimum wage plus adding bonuses to his contract for every game he plays in. However, after Miguel’s last ban this option is seen as non-viable by the club.
Another position that the club are looking to enforce is the centre back position. Last summer Rami and Ruiz joined the club and earlier this month Dealbert was offered a new contract, who so far hasn’t replied to that offer. However, Ricardo Costa looks like he is set to move to another club to play first team football, something he’s rarely finding in Valencia. If Costa leaves then Valencia will sign a centre back and in the case Dealbert rejects the contract offer then the team could possibly sign two centre backs. Valencia considered introducing a player from Valencia Mestalla when they needed another defender but looking at the reserves they didn’t find what they were looking for. The left back position is seen as perfectly covered by Mathieu and Jordi Alba and their performances has lead to them joining their national teams.
Topal and Albelda are the current defensive midfielders in the club, the sporting staff are pleased with the performance of captain David Albelda and have decided to offer him a one year extension. It’s rumored in Valencia that Albelda will want to leave Valencia if he isn’t given an important role next season as he’s looking to end his career with the club with good memories. Braulio Vazquez is now looking for a defensive midfielder in David Albelda’s calibre, apart from having Mehmet Topal.
Furthermore, Valencia are also looking to strengthen the right wing position. The position is currently occupied by Soso Feghouli and Pablo Hernandez but the coaching staff believe that this position can be improved. Valencia are looking for a natural right wing with the versatility to play in the left side as this will add more depth and dynamism to the team. The decision to get a right wing doesn’t mean that Pablo or Soso will be sold, the team aim to increase the competition in the area. But if a good offer is made for one of the two players then he could be sold if he agrees to move.
The club are also looking to sign a striker. Recently, contacts were made to sign Chilean striker Eduardo Vargas who was signed by Napoli last week but Valencia do have a list of alternatives. In this position, Soldado has an indispensable spot, while Paco Alcácer will be promoted to the first team, Adruiz could leave as he’ll have one year remaining in his contract next summer and Jonas is seen as a playmaker now.
This the plan that Valencia have drawn up for next season, at least six signing will be made and if a player is sold he will be replaced. Manuel Llorente has already told the coaching staff that the club will not be forced to sell any player next summer to maintain the budget. Although, selling a player is always a possibility in Valencia now as the club look to maximise the performance of the team in both sporting and economical aspects.