No new arrivals as club face embargo
Valencia boss Sie Barlow was dealt a blow today when the Valencian side announced they would be placing themselves under a temporary transfer embargo as controversial owner Peter Lim looks to sell the club he took over back in 2014. The decision will no doubt be a blow to Barlow, who had hoped to reinvest some of the funds received recently for Rubén Sobrino, who completed his switch to Newcastle United, in adding some much needed experience and depth to his squad. Despite the uncertainty off the pitch, with the club still having the shadow off the abandoned half-completed Nou Mestalla project hanging over them, on field they have enjoyed a fine start under their new manager, the British coach leading them briefly to top spot with 2 wins and a draw from their opening 3 fixtures.
With the deadline set to come in the next few days, Barlow will now face a challenge to perhaps promote from within to what is already one of the youngest squads in the competition, with no possibility of bringing in new faces at present. That said, with rumours abound of a potential Chinese backer, any resolution could ultimately end up being of benefit to both the club and the British manager, as more funds could finally be made available to allow Valencia to compete again back at the top table in European football. The latest speculation suggests Chinese investor Zhao Haoran is interested in the club, with promises of a £250 million plus transfer kitty should his bid be successful, although any figures at this time should be taken largely with a pinch of salt, especially with current owner Peter Lim heavily involved in brokering any deal for the takeover. One thing is for sure, the management and players at least will be hoping for a speedy resolution to the issue, while also trying to ignore any developments and speculation to remain focused on trying to maintain the momentum gained from the fantastic opening to the campaign.Share this: