Valencia have started the summer break with an impressive shopping spree that strongly underlines their ambitions for the upcoming La Liga and Champions League campaigns. The club that secured fourth spot in La Liga with ten minutes to go in their final day encounter with Almeria seem to be intent on becoming a regular feature of Spain’s top four and possibly even more.
In the last few days alone, the club from Spain’s third largest city added Brazilian midfielder Rodrigo Caio from Sao Paulo FC, French defensive midfielder Giannelli Imbula from Olympique Marseille and Spanish winger Rodrigo’s and Portuguese midfielder Andre Gomes’ loans were made permanent. All of this for a total outlay of €79.5 million. With these additions, Valencia’s squad should be the envy of many European clubs, but it seems as though, the spree is set to continue. The club’s Singaporean billionaire investor Peter Lim seems to mean business and you would not bet against Valencia playing a more significant role in Spain over the next few years.
As it stands, the team is equipped with some of Europe’s most impressive personnel. In defence, Los Che rely on German World Cup winner Shkodran Mustafi and highly sought-after Argentine Nicolas Otamendi, who has been strongly linked with Manchester United. In midfield, Dani Parejo had an immensely impressive season, contributing 12 goals in 31 La Liga games. Similarly, Algerian midfielder Sofiane Feghouli continues to impress for the club and has had another productive season. With the above mentioned additions, the fight for starting places in midfield will heat up and there is a lot of additional quality on the way.
In attack, Valencia already have a great set-up in place, with the likes of young Spanish striker Paco Alcacer raising eyebrows across Europe. Alcacer scored eleven and assisted another five goals in 32 La Liga games last season. Rodrigo too had a promising campaign on the wing and it would be surprising if he did not continue his progress. Certainty about his future is likely to boost the Spaniard’s performances and Rodrigo will surely enjoy his link-up play with Paco Alcacer.
Interestingly, with 25.2 years, Valencia have the lowest average age in all of La Liga. If this young team managed to finish fourth this year, we can be sure to see further improvements, as players become more mature and experienced. Eventually, this team might compete for the league title.
In addition to personnel, Los Che are also working on the construction of a new stadium with a capacity of 61,500. There is certainly a lot happening in Valencia and the football club will ultimately benefit from Peter Lim’s generous investment. The feeling is that, during the upcoming La Liga season, Valencia will give us an insight into what is to come. The future looks bright for Los Che and we are intrigued by recent developments.