Valencia clear decks in busy January window
League leaders Valencia were undoubtedly one of the most active clubs during the transfer window, as they moved on no fewer than 11 players during the month, with just one new face coming in. With the current financial situation at the club, despite their impressive on pitch form, being precarious at best, the club took the opportunity to move on several fringe players, some on permanent deals as well as a few loan moves, as they looked to trim the wage bill in the second half of the season.
With Uruguayan winger Nicolás De La Cruz arriving at the beginning of the month, a move tied up back in October, the club had already done any business they expected to complete with the £2.3 million deal, so the focus was switched to trimming down the playing squad. First to leave were youngsters Carles Aliberch and Guillem Molina, the pair heading out on loan to Tudelano and Numancia respectively. They were followed 5 days later by extremely promising youngster Andrés García moving to Melilla on loan, where he will pair up with fellow Valencia youngster Rodri, himself a new arrival earlier in the season from Real Betis. 17 year old striker Andrés García, held in the highest regard at La Mestalla had been somewhat of a revelation in the early part of the season with Valencia Under-19’s, with an impressive 20 goals from just 11 starts and 5 substitute appearances, form the club hope he will be able to carry forward into the Segunda B with the Spanish exclave club the rest of the season as he bids to continue his development.
Perhaps the most surprising departure during the month was the club agreeing to allow young winger Álex Blanco to join Rayo Vallecano on loan. The 22 year old wide man, who began his career with the club before a brief spell with Barcelona, has seen several loan moves in the last few seasons, but perhaps saw this season as a chance to break into the first team setup. However, he has made just 3 substitute appearances during the first half of the season, the last coming just 13 days before his switch to Madrid, coming off the bench in the Spanish Super Cup win against Barcelona in Saudi Arabia. The club will be hoping, especially given the injuries out wide following his departure, that he will return from this latest move ready to push for a regular first team spot next season. Another wide man on the move was Spanish Under-19 regular Fran Pérez, who made the switch to Segunda B side Cornellà a day later. The 18 year old had featured regularly for Valencia B in the first part of the season, scoring 4 times in 11 starts, and will be hoping to make an immediate impact with the Catalan club.
The conclusion of the month saw the heaviest action, with 6 deals in total taking place on deadline day, although a few had been previously muted or agreed and just needed finalisation. First to leave the club on loan is young defender Kevin Sibille, the former River Plate youngster has been a bit part player since his switch to Spain, and will be hoping the move on loan to Extremadura can help re-ignite his career. The 22 year old Argentine has found himself behind the likes of Mangala and Guillamón behind the regular centre-half pairing, so a loan switch seemed the best deal all round. Others making a loan switch include young goalkeeper Andrés Céspedes, who has joined Hospitalet on loan, while 16 year old right back Vicente Agulló has moved to affiliate club Alcoyano for the rest of the season.
Deadline day also saw three youngsters leave the club on permanent deals , with young Dutch goalkeeper Mert Demirci heading to fellow La Liga Huesca in a deal worth around 50k. The 17 year old shot stopper, who was a member of the Valencia Under-19s squad, is expected to take up the same role at his new club initially. Another departing for pastures new in La Liga is right winger Miguel Arilla, the 17 year old moving to Real Sociedad Under-19s for a fee of around £90k. Arilla had made 10 starts for the Under-19s this season, scoring 4 times in the process, and the club will be sure to watch his progress over the coming years. The biggest deal done was that for left back David Ruiz, a move to Girona which could net the club in excess of £110k. The Spanish Under-19 international, who has shown superb form for the Under-19s with 8 goals and 15 assists, is expected to go straight into the first team squad at his new club, who currently sit 6ht in the Segunda division, looking to push for a return to La Liga at the second time of asking.
The club also hinted that several more players, who were not part of long term development plans with the club, had also agreed pre-contract moves elsewhere during the month, although these are likely to be confirmed closer to the summer, along with any potential arrivals in the same manner. One player who the club are set to lose though is extremely promising midfielder Pedro Alemañ. Despite offering the talented youngster a very good deal, the Elche born midfielder has agreed a pre-contract with English giants Tottenham Hotspur, much to the disappointment of the coaching staff at La Mestalla. Alemañ is held in the highest regard by the club, and expected to be a future star, and has already featured with the first team coming off the bench in the Copa Del Rey clash against Pontevedra, so his departure is a huge blow to the club.Share this: