La Liga exit to trigger Las Palmas sales

Las Palmas

Las Palmas has been a hot bed of inconsistency this season, with issues on and off the field leaving the Canary Island club on the brink of La Liga relegation.

With no win in their last seven La Liga games, Paco Jemez’s side are six points from safety, with nine games remaining.

This run of form has them facing a return to the Segunda Division for the first time since 2015, and the situation could be made worse by some key exits if relegation is confirmed.

Sales have become part of Las Palmas’ strategy since their return to the top flight, selling players each season to balance the books.

The start of the 2017-18 season saw midfield pair Roque Mesa and Kevin Prince Boateng leave for Swansea City and Eintracht Frankfurt respectively.

To balance the situation, then manager Manolo Marquez brought in Alberto Aquilani and Loic Remy to bolster his squad.

However, Marquez only lasted a month of the season before being sacked, and Jemez, the club’s fourth manager of the season, opted to loan Remy out to Getafe in January.

The situation surrounding Remy seems to encapsulate the issues at the club, as Jemez allowed him to leave on loan, despite the Frenchman being the club’s leading goal scorer in 2017-18.

Despite not setting the place alight at Getafe, the former Chelsea player will leave Las Palmas if they go down.

If Jemez remains at the club, he will sanction the move that will allow a high earner to leave, with Remy unlikely to be keen on playing in the Spanish second division.

Aquilani is another player that could be looking for an exit if Las Palmas are relegated, as despite injury disrupting his career, he could return to Italy for one final swansong.

Jonathan Calleri has impressed in patches this season, on loan from Argentinian side Deportivo Maldonado, he will have his eye on a permanent move to another European side.

Alen Halilovic is another loanee that will not be staying, he has shown flashes of the promise that brought him to Barcelona a few years ago this season, but he will return to Hamburg.

However the most difficult one for Las Palmas fans to take will be the potential departure of Jonathan Vieira.

Gran Canaria-born Vieira returned to the club after they sealed promotion in 2015, and filled the hole left by Mesa, establishing himself as a star player.

However his performances this season will have caught the attention of sides in La Liga and across Europe, and he will be sought after.

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