It is no secret that Valencia CF are suffering from crippling amounts of debt. The Spanish giants have had this problem for a while now and there seems to be no escape from it. Even a new president who promised investment failed to provide the goods and thus it seems inevitable that Valencia will have to sell their prize assets in a final attempt to avoid administration, something that should alert Premiership teams immediately. There is a sense of wariness about the situation now as Valencia apparently had to sell all their stars back in the summer but ended up keeping hold of them, defying all predictions. This time it’s a different case though as the situation’s only got worse. Every player has a price, and for a club with the problems that Valencia has, the price will be lower than it would normally be.
The obvious names to emerge from stories of Valencia’s debt are the club’s two best players, David Villa and David Silva. The Spain duo are undoubtedly amongst the world’s best players and have already been linked with a host of clubs. Villa is the prize asset; a clinical striker who can score any kind of goals and who has a scoring record similar to Fernando Torres. Barcelona and Real Madrid have long shown an interest whilst the player is now being linked with Premiership sides Chelsea and Manchester United quite frequently with these big sides aware that Villa would surely flourish with better players around him to provide him with more opportunities than the likes of Ruben Baraja and Pablo Hernandez can. One potential problem for the English sides is that Villa has often stressed that he does not want to leave Spain. Having been linked with Liverpool a number of years back, the then-Zaragoza striker announced that he did not care for England and wanted to remain in Spain for his whole career. Villa’s situation is not in his own hands now though – Valencia can’t afford to keep him and Real and Barca are no longer as interested having signed Karim Benzema and Zlatan Ibrahimovic respectively. If there are no other options then Villa may be forced into a move abroad by the Valencia staff and surely England would prove a more attractive league to play in than Serie A or the Bundesliga.
David Silva on the other hand has never had an aversion to playing abroad and has simply remained silent when linked with big European clubs before. Silva was frequently linked with Liverpool but Liverpool’s own financial situation will probably deny them the chance to bring the skilful attacking midfielder in. His style of play would suit Arsenal but his price tag is not within Arsene Wenger’s usual range. The biggest rumour concerning Silva currently is that he will join Man Utd alongside Villa in a double swoop. Chelsea appear less interested due to their having Frank Lampard in that position whilst there has been no mention of interest from the big Italian or German sides.
Looking beyond those two though, there are a whole plethora of footballers to be picked up on the cheap who would suit the Premiership marvellously. Juan Manuel Mata is a fantastic young footballer who’s recently become a Spain regular yet he is not mentioned in the same breath as Villa and Silva and his links away from the club are much less frequent and more modest. Despite this, Mata is a top left winger who could do well for any of the Premiership’s top teams. Liverpool, Man Utd and Chelsea could all do with a better left winger and Mata would easily fill that role. Then there’s Ever Banega, who just a few years ago was touted as one of Argentina’s most promising players. Banega’s a powerful midfield spoiler who was linked with Everton in the summer. Now that Valencia might sell the likes of Everton, Tottenham or Aston Villa would do well to move for the Argentine. Further back the field, centre back Carlos Marchena is an experienced international player who would readily join any club fighting for Europe whilst Miguel is a fast attacking full-back whose style would have suited Liverpool had they not gone for Glen Johnson instead.
All those players, and more of their Valencia teammates, would make great additions to Premiership squads and none would require breaking the bank to sign due to Valencia’s financial woes. Any manager with an eye for good players who is willing to look across to Spain will find a goldmine up in Valencia.