Valencia eye Champions League spot via the Europa League

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Valencia could secure an alternative route into next season’s Champions League, as their La Liga top four continues to falter.

Back to back defeats against Atletico Madrid and Eibar, in league action, has pushed Marcelino’s side down to sixth place, three points behind Getafe and Sevilla, with three games to go.

However it is not over yet in terms of a second successive season in Europe’s premier competition for Los Che.

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Valencia hopeful on securing a deal for Javier Hernandez

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Valencia are on the verge of securing a cut price deal for West Ham striker Javier Hernandez, within the La Liga January transfer window, according to media reports in Spain.

Hernandez, 30, has slipped down the pecking order at the London Stadium, and now the Mexican international looks to be heading for the exit.

However any move for the former Manchester United forward is dependent on the movement of other players, involving both The Hammers and Marcelino’s Valencia.

The La Liga side confirmed that Michy Batshuayi’s loan move at the club has been terminated earlier than anticipated, and they are not hopeful in securing a permanent deal for the Belgian international – with other clubs already negotiating with Chelsea for his signature.

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La Liga Best XI – Week 7

detomasFollowing on from some exciting performances and high scoring games in recent weeks, La Liga went through a weekend of something like the status quo without too many majorly surprising results this past weekend. Sevilla did well to record a 3-1 win at Eibar, while El Derbi Madrileño finished goalless at the Santiago Bernabeu. Valencia did manage to reward their fans for the patience shown in the early stages of this campaign by notching up their first win of the campaign, a 1-0 victory at Real Sociedad, and Athletic Bilbao did well to secure a point following their 1-1 draw against Barcelona at the Nou Camp. Utilising a 4-3-3 this week, let’s take a look at the best La Liga best XI from round 7!

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Smart transfers keep Valencia in top four conversation

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With sides finalising their transfer business ahead of the new La Liga season on August 18th, attention turns to who has done the smartest business.

The headlines have been taken by Cristiano Ronaldo’s switch from Real Madrid to Juventus, and their pursuit of Chelsea’s Eden Hazard as a replacement.

However some of the shrewdest business has been done by the side that finished fourth last season – with Valencia boss Marcelino quietly going about solidifying their place in the Champions League qualifying spots.

Last season’s finish puts them back in Europe’s premier competition following a two season hiatus, and the former Villarreal boss is determined to keep them there.

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Atletico Madrid taking a gamble in signing Milan’s Nikola Kalinic

kalinic2Atletico Madrid look set to continue their summer spending imminently, with the purchase of Milan striker Nikola Kalinic believed to be well into the advanced stages of negotiation. Atleti have been assembling a new spine to their team this summer, having already signed goalkeeper Antonio Adán from Real Betis (£900k), defensive midfielder Rodri from Villarreal (£18m) and impressive left winger Thomas Lemar from Monaco (£63m). In Kalinic they will be looking to add more competition to their forward line following the departure of Fernando Torres to Japanese J1 League side Sagan Tosu. Up front, however, Los Rojiblancos already have a wealth of talent available to them, and so it is worth asking whether Kalinic would be a necessary addition.

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Our La Liga team of the week

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Here are our top performers from La Liga’s weekend action, as impressive wins for Atletico Madrid, Girona and Real Sociedad see players from these teams feature heavily in our eleven!

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Se busca socio para Griezmann

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Griezmann ya huele la vuelta tras su sanción en Girona. ¿El Atlético le ha echado de menos? Está claro que en Las Palmas no, porque se fue de la isla con una manita, pero en Valencia se acordó mucho del francés. El inminente partido de Champions ante la Roma y la esperada inauguración del Wanda el próximo fin de semana pueden ser claves para que Simeone termine de elegir a su otro delantero para la temporada. Pero, ¿quiénes son los candidatos para acompañar a Antoine en la delantera y qué opciones tiene cada uno? Continue reading