Valencia flying under the radar in 2019-20 transfer market


Valencia boss Marcelino is following his in own path in preparations for the 2019-20 La Liga season, with a low key approach to spending.

Despite securing the financial boost of a second successive Champions League qualification at the back end of the 2018-19 campaign, and the former Villarreal boss is focusing more on players potentially leaving the club, than on new arrivals at the Mestalla.

La Liga champions FC Barcelona have been heavily linked with a €70m bid for Spanish international forward Rodrigo Moreno, with Serie A side AS Roma also reported to be keen on the former Benfica star.

So far, Valencia have been firm in their commitment to retaining the Brazilian-born attacker, who has a contract with Los Ch until 2022, with the only room for negotiation being if either side pays his €70m release clause.

Ernesto Valverde’s side look unlikely to pay that much for him, given his lack of experience at Champions League level, as well as their impending move for Atletico Madrid star Antoine Griezmann.

There has also been fleeting interest in Jose Gaya, Gabriel Paulista and Carlos Soler, however the club are not willing to let any of their star names leave.

Russian midfielder Denis Cheryshev is set to make his loan move from local rivals Villarreal a permanent transfer, after a a consistent loan spell last season.

The move for Cheyshev has been indicative of Marcelino’s strategy in recent weeks, measured and pragmatic, rather than lavish and potentially divisive in the dressing room.

Highly rated Spanish U21 international Manu Vallejo has come on board from Segunda side Cadiz, and Marcelino looks likely to raid some of the newly relegated sides for players before the start of the new season.

There are strong reports that he will launch a double swoop on Rayo Vallecano for Alex Moreno and Raul de Tomas (who is still technically a Real Madrid player), if interest solidifies in either Gaya or Rodrigo before the start of pre-season training.

Girona are set to be a team that is picked apart following their return to the second tier, with Portu already moving on, and others are set to follow suit from the Estadio Montilivi.

Cristhian Stuani will continue to be of interest to top sides in Spain, given his goal return in the last two seasons, and if he pushes for a move away, there will be no shortage of offers for the Uruguayan international.

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