Valencia President Juan Soler is prepared to invest heavily in his club to add more attacking flair and goals to the team with one of the best defences in the Spanish league. Sections of the Spanish media are reporting that Valencia have agreed an 18 million euros deal with Real Betis for Joaquin.
Joaquin looks set to finally leave his hometown club after continuous speculation that has seen the 24 year old winger linked with the likes of Chelsea, Manchester united and Real Madrid. He is one of Europe’s brightest talents and is blessed with electric pace and a dazzling array of tricks.
Valencia, who finished third in the league last season are keen to add to their attacking options and the highly talented young winger would appear to be on the verge of joining Quique Flores’ side after Valencia failed in their attempts to sign Cristiano Ronaldo and Simao this summer.
A unique financial arrangement with Toyota could help finance the deal. However, the suggestion that Reguerio would move to Betis in exchange has prompted an angry reaction from the player’s agent who claims that Reguerio is distraught and that Valencia technical director Amadeo Carboni “thinks he’s working in a chemist selling contraceptives. Regueiro is not loose change or a rubbish sack that you can just throw to one side!”
If the deal goes through then it will take Valencia’s spending this week to 26 million with the club already having signed Tavano from Empoli for 8 million euros. The club had already spent a further 8 million on Del Horno and 5 million on Fernando Morientes this summer.
Tavano and Morientes will be needed to provide an alternative goals scoring threat and support the outstanding David Villa in attack.
Villa scored 25 of Valencia’s 58 league goals last season, the only Valencia player to reach double figures. Valencia will hope that Morientes, the former Real Madrid striker, signed after a disappointing time at Liverpool, and Tavano will take on some of the goal scoring responsibility. Valencia were over dependant upon Villa last season.
Valencia have a need for wide players after Rufete left this summer on a free transfer to join Espanyol. Vicente has struggled with injury and poor form over the last two seasons and has never quite looked the same as the player who stood out as one of the best left sided players in Europe under Rafa Benitez.
It could be said that form appears to be a recurring problem for Valencia. Having gone on a run that saw them win 30 points from a potential 36 and positioned themselves as title challengers, beating Barcelona they then proceeded to go six games without a win.
As well as hoping that Vicente is able to recover his form, it is also hoped that Pablo Aimar will also achieve a higher level of consistency. He too has also suffered with illness and injury.
Valencia Manager Quique Sanchez Flores has greatly improved the side and has got rid of almost all of the underperforming Italian players who were a legacy of Ranieri’s time in charge of the club. If he can replace Di Vaio with Simao and Ronaldo, then a more consistent Valencia will surely be challenging Barcelona and Real Madrid for the title.
The Spanish league needs a strong Valencia side to challenge the dominance of the big two.