Vallejo moves to Ajax as takeover talks collapse
At the third time of trying, takeover talks have once again collapsed between Valencia owner Peter Lim and prospective new owners. The club had faced a transfer embargo while talks were ongoing, but with both parties now pulling out of any potential deal, this has now been lifted. Fans were hopefully that at the third time of asking, Peter Lim would eventually agree to sell the club to help alleviate some of the debt and allow the club to compete on a more even playing field financial after years of hardship, but once again it appears the Singaporean businessman is unable to agree a deal with the best interests of both the club and himself at his heart. Potential investor Michel Mallet, who had hinted at replacing popular manager Sie Barlow were he successful, echoed that he was still open to and looking into opportunities to invest in Spanish football.
The collapse of the talks was closely followed by news that the club had therefore now agreed to allow attacker Manu Vallejo to join Ajax on loan. The 24 year old Spaniard, who enjoyed a fine loan spell with fellow La Liga rivals Villarreal last season, was once again touted out in a bid to reduce the wage bill, and after showing initial interest a month ago, Ajax came back and firmed up their offer, with a 12 month loan deal for the wide man. The deal is thought to include an optional purchase fee, which can be activated at any time during the 12 month loan period in the Netherlands, while the Dutch giants will also be picking up a large part of the players wages during his time in the Eredivisie. The former Cadiz man made 22 starts during his time with Villarreal, helping himself to 11 goals in the process, although it was in the Copa Del Rey where his performances attracted more notice, firing in 8 goals in just 5 games. Villarreal had hoped to agree a permanent deal in the summer, but were unwilling to match the Valencia valuation for the player, meaning the club were left to explore other potential destinations for the 24 year old, who will be hoping to do enough during his time at the Cruyff ArenA to earn a permanent switch.Share this: