Argentine midfielder Tino Costa has signed for Spartak Moscow from Valencia for a fee of around €7m.
The 28-year-old was previously linked with a move to Liverpool, but this failed to materialise.
Valencia have been forced to sell their star players in the past and have been forced once again. David Villa, Juan Mata and David Silva all played for Valencia before being sold on for a profit.
Although Valencia are by no means poor, they are cursed with debt, like most Spanish clubs.
Without the midfield maestro, Valencia will look like a whole different side - a weaker more fragile side than what has been seen in recent years. Valencia will obviously be looking for a replacement - but who could replace him?
Costa will fit into an already star-studded midfield that features the likes of Aiden McGeady, Jurado, Dmitri Kombarov and Kim Kallstrom. He will revolutionise the way Spartak Moscow play and could potentially lead them to Europa League glory.
The Russian Premier League will provide Costa a platform to develop into a midfielder who could receive continental recognition.
The Argentinian is a long-ball specialist who can operate in any role in the centre of midfield. Costa averaged 2.4 tackles over the course of the Liga BBVA season, this adds emphasis to the fact that he may not be the best of tacklers but that he can certainly do the job when needed. He is also a talented free-kick taker.
Costa will maximise the possibility of Spartak Moscow achieving success next season.
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