Gary Neville has been adamant that he has no intention of dipping into the transfer market this month, but it seems the Valencia head coach has experienced a sudden change of heart.
According to Catalan newspaper Sport, Deportivo midfielder Pedro Mosquera will become Neville’s first-ever signing after Valencia decided to activate the player’s €4 million release clause.
Neville has told the press on several occasions over recent weeks that he wants to work with the current group of players at Mestalla and help them to develop as footballers. He appeared to have no desire to make any new signings but Los Che’s disappointing recent results have prompted the former Manchester United captain to take action.
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Neville is still looking to secure his first La Liga victory since replacing Nuno Espirito Santo last month and will be acutely aware that he faces an uphill battle to secure a top-four finish.
The ex-Sky Sports pundit was appointed to help Los Che secure Champions League football for next season - the club’s demanding fans were not prepared to accept anything less - but Valencia currently sit 11th in La Liga, 16 points off fourth-placed Villarreal.
Mosquera a shrewd signing by Neville - or Pitarch?
It’s possible that Neville was only partly involved in the decision to sign Mosquera. Jesús García Pitarch was appointed as Valencia’s new sporting director earlier this month and will be in charge of identifying potential signings.
It was recently reported by some questionable sources - including, ahem, the Daily Star - that Neville was keen to sign Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere on loan.
But it’s Mosquera, who began his youth career with Real Madrid, who looks set to team up with the Neville brothers at Mestalla.
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