Could Arsenal take advantage of Valencia’s financial struggles?

In recent days Valencia have sold Francis Coquelin and Dani Parejo on the cheap to Villareal £10million for the pair is an absolute steal.

Valencia were in huge financial trouble before Covid19. The suspension of football across Europe and lack of gate receipt income for the foreseeable future is going to make matters worse for clubs like Valencia who were already on a shaky financial footing.

It is said to see for someone who grew up watching them take on the dominance of Real Madrid and Barcelona in the early 00s.

With the likes of David Villa, David Silva and Juan Mata, Valencia were always enjoy too watch.

It is a sad demise but also an opportunity for clubs to pick up a decent player or two on the cheap. Like a vulture picking at a corpse.

But do they actually have anyone that would interest Arsenal?

José Luis Gayà is a name that everyone seemed to be linked with a few years ago and is certainly the jewel in their team. But we do not need a left back.

Another we were linked with many years ago is Geoffrey Kondogbia. One of my mates still loves him. But his chance has surely gone?

Carlos Soler is someone that Mikel Arteta rates and we were linked with him a month or so ago. He could become a genuine target if Arsenal decide to go 433.

Soler and Dani Ceballos either side of a more defensive minded midfielder (Granit Xhaka) would have some good balance to it.

3 years ago, PSG spent €30 million on Gonçalo Guedes. A year later Valencia spent €40 million on the Portuguese winger.

He has not exactly shone, but if he were available for under £20 million, he could provide excellent competition for Bukayo Saka on the left hand side

Mouctar Diakhaby is a physical presence of a central defender, but not really sure if he is good enough defensively, whilst Jasper Cillessen might be a cheap option for a second choice goal keeper.

I can see a situation where Arsenal cash in on either Bernd Leno or Emi Martinez for £30 million+ and secure Cillessen for under £15 million, freeing up money to be spent elsewhere.

Manchester United target Maxi Gomez could provide the “Plan B” we have missed since selling Olivier Giroud.

Finally, Arsenal might be tempted to sign Lee Kang-In.

The South Korean attacking midfielder would open up the doors to the lucrative Far-East market. And at 19-years-old would certainly be an exciting addition.

This originally started off as a mini blog but ended up being a normal blog. Think that will do for the day.

Enjoy the sunshine, if there is any left by the time you are reading this. Some much needed rain is on its way.

Keenos

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