Valencia have been linked with surprising moves for Manchester United also-rans Javier Hernandez and Tom Cleverley, but the La Liga side can do better than United’s deadwood and should allow their young stars to take centre stage.
Billionaire Peter Lim looks to set to complete his takeover of Valencia, and has promised to clear their debts and fuel Nuno Espirito Santo with cash for new players before the window closes. the names of both Hernandez and Cleverley have been linked with the club as possible deadline day signings.
The much maligned midfielder has been linked with a move to Valencia, as well as Aston Villa and Hull City in the past few days.
However the midfielder has shown a lack of creativity during his time at Manchester United, failing to register a single assist in 22 Premier League matches last season. The 25-year-old has little to no influence on proceedings, and considered deadwood by Louis Van Gaal.
Given the technical superiority of the league, Cleverley may struggle to find his feet. An £8 million transfer fee coupled with £70,000-a-week wage demands represents poor value for money, especially when Valencia already have younger, better players on their books.
Portuguese youngster André Gomes is a promising player, and looks set to have a bright future based on his first few performances in a Valencia shirt since moving from Benfica.
Valencia were in need of a goal scorer in the wake of Roberto Soldado’s move to Tottenham and found one in Paco Alcácer.
Alcácer showed desire and a lethal touch last season and has been richly rewarded. The 20-year-old, who scoring during Valencia’s 3-0 against Malaga yesterday, has been names in Vicente del Bosque’s 23-man Spain squad and could make his senior international bow against France in September.
23-year-old striker Rodrigo has also joined from Benfica, and could form a deadly partnership with Alcácer. In truth, the addition of Javier Hernandez is unnecessary.
Chicharito has fallen far down the pecking order at Old Trafford and has been unable to rediscover the blistering form he showed during his early years with Manchester United. The 26-year-old did little to plead his case in United’s 4-0 thrashing at the hands of MK Dons and is also on the transfer list.
The Mexico international is good enough to find another club, but given his £15 million price tag and £85,000-a-week wages, Valencia should pass on the out-of-form striker, with Juventus reportedly also interested.
With Helder Postiga and Jonas also on the books, Valencia have little room for a fifth striker. Nuno should allow his young strikers to flourish and gain as much experience as possible, which will not be possible if a fifth striker is added to the squad.
Valencia failed to qualify for European football last, season, therefore negating the need for a huge squad. Nuno Espirito Santo has already let a number of players leave the club, including Juan Bernat, Ricardo Costa, Vicente Guaita, Seydou Keita and Jérémy Mathieu, and seems to have a settled squad.
Valencia have also recruited well, but any holes in the squad should be filled by hungry youth players, and not expensive rejects.