Valencia’s busy summer of transfer dealings looks set to continue right up to deadline day, as they close in on the signing of Fredy Guarin.
According to Marca, the Liga club have agreed a deal for the Inter Milan midfielder after any potential deal for Benfica's Enzo Perez collapsed.
Valencia had an initial offer to take Guarin on loan rejected by Inter Milan, however it is understood the two clubs have reached an agreement today.
Money seems to be little issue to Valencia or new owner Peter Lim, with the billionaire ready to bankroll Valencia until their back on top in Spain.
Convincing the Italians to part company with Guarin was never going to prove too difficult for Nuno Espirito Santo.
The Colombian is out of favour under Walter Mazarri, leaving Guarin on the bench during Europa League qualification, and leaving him out of Inter’s squad for the Serie A season opener against Torino.
However the 28-year-old was a regular for Internazionale last season, scoring four times and grabbing six assists in 32 league appearances.
With a penchant for a spectacular goal, Guarin amazes and infuriates in equal measure. The midfielder is likely to smash four shots from 35-yards high or wide before finding the sweet spot. But his ability to change a game in an instant with his shooting ability is a favourable asset.
Guarin himself has been holding out for a move to Juventus, in the hope that the champions would come calling once Arturo Vidal moved to Manchester United. He turned down a move to Zenit St. Petersburg after the Russian club had a €12 million bid accepted.
But with both deals seeming highly unlikely at this point, Guarin looks set to move to Spain instead, with Valencia believed to have offered a similar amount.
Valencia have lost a few midfielders this summer, including Seydou Keita, who left for Serie A side Roma. Oriol Romeu returned to Chelsea, while Miguel Alfonso Herrera has been loaned to Gefate for two years.
Enzo Perez was said to be Santo’s number one target, and given Peter Lim’s connections at Benfica, the move looked a foregone conclusion. However Benfica were not sold on the idea of losing a fourth player to Valencia after Rodrigo, Joao Cancelo and Andre Gomes made the switch.
Los Che were also linked with a surprise move for Tom Cleverley, but the Manchester United midfielder looks set to move to either Aston Villa or Hull City.
Valencia have started the season in fine fettle, snatching a late away draw at Sevilla on the opening weekend before thrashing Malaga 3 – 0 on Friday.