Eintracht Frankfurt sign Nelson Valdez

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Eintracht Frankfurt have completed the signing of striker, Nelson Valdez from Abu Dhabi side Al-Jazira for an undisclosed fee, according to reports.

Valdez, who spent eight years as a player in the Bundesliga will once again team up with new Eintracht Frankfurt manager, Thomas Schaaf, the man who gave the Paraguay international his first taste of German football in 2002.

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Having made his first Bundesliga appearance as an 18-year-old in January 2002, he quickly flourished in Bremen and scored 21 goals in 80 outings for the River Islanders before joining league rivals, Borussia Dortmund in 2006.

However, his time at the 2013 Champions League finalists was less than successful, with Valdez only scoring 15 goals in 113 Bundesliga appearances before joining Spanish side Hercules in 2010.

Having fluctuated between Spain, Greece and Abu Dhabi were he experienced mixed success he was snapped up by Schaaf as he aims to bolster his attacking options ahead of his first season in charge of Eintracht Frankfurt.

Good signing

A striker of the highest calibre and with a wealth of both domestic and international experience to boot, Valdez is undoubtedly the question to a Frankfurt stuttering front-line who managed to only score 40 goals in 42 Bundesliga fixtures last season.

Valdez has become the Hessen based club’s second signing of the week having completed the transfer of midfield starlet, Lucas Piazon from Premier League side, Chelsea on a season long loan.

Piazon, who scored 11 goals in 29 appearances whilst on loan to Dutch outfit Vitesse Arnhem last season has been granted a move to the Bundesliga with Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho keen on the 20 year old to gain more first-team experience.

Eintracht Frankfurt’s sporting director, Bruno Habner, told the club’s official website: “We are glad to be able to reach an agreement after lengthy but very fair negotiations with Chelsea.

“Piazon will strengthen us in the coming season. He has played on the left wing, he can lay on the right wing and be used as an attacking midfielder.”

Shrewd signing

The Eagles who are well known to be rather shrewd with their money when it comes to both summer and winter signings are aware of the task to strengthen their squad having finished the previous campaign fifth from bottom a year after acquiring European football.

As a result it would seem that the Commerzbank Arena outfit have no intentions of slamming their wallet shut for this transfer period with Schaaf keen on bringing in another striker to compliment the signing of Valdez.

It is believed that the 53 year old is keen on acquiring the services of free agent Nicklas Bendtner who was released by Premier League side Arsenal this summer, after months of speculation linking the Danish international to the club.

This comes after the Eagles number one target, Joselu, joined Hannover on a four-year deal from TSG Hoffenheim for an undisclosed fee.

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