Valencia Put Entire Squad up for Sale

first_imgNew boss Javi Gracia, who was appointed at the end of July, is said by Marcato have been told that any of his players could be sold.The former Watford coach is reportedly keen to resist selling potential captain Jose Gaya, although Barcelona have been linked with the centre-back.Valencia are feeling the effects of lost revenue after playing out the season behind closed doors as Covid-19 gripped Spain.They will miss out on the riches of Champions League football for the first time in three years next season after finishing ninth in La Liga courtesy of an underwhelming campaign.Fans protested against billionaire owner Peter Lim over a perceived lack of investment before former manager Albert Celades was sacked on June 30.Celades suffered a run of only two wins in 15 matches earlier this year, crashing out of this season’s Champions League at the round of 16 stage with an 8-4 aggregate defeat by Atalanta.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Valencia have alerted Premier Leagueclubs by putting all of their players up for sale in a bid to balance the books, according to reports.Winger Ferran Torres became the most high-profile player to leave the club when the 20-year-old moved to Manchester City for £37million last week, and other stars are now expected to follow suit.The Liga side have confirmed that former Arsenalmidfielder Francis Coquelin has moved to Villarreal in a deal that is expected to also see their rivals snap up Spaininternational Dani Parejo for a combined total of under £11.5million.last_img read more

PSG 3-1 Lorient: Jordan Ayew scores season’s ninth but Zlatan steals show

first_imgJordan Ayew’s contribution for Lorient continued Friday, but it was Paris St Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic who got the headlines. Zlatan put his disciplinary woes aside, taking his side back to the top of Ligue 1 with a hat-trick in their 3-1 home victory over FC Lorient. Jordan got the losing side’s only goal.The son of Abedi Pele now has directly contributed to 14 goals in his 23 Ligue 1 appearances this season, made up of nine goals and five assists.As for PSG’s talisman, it will be recalled that he was banned for one match by UEFA’s Control & Disciplinary Body after being sent off during a Champions League last 16 match at Chelsea last week. And he also faces French League’s (LFP) disciplinary commission to explain derogatory remarks he made about refereeing after PSG’s loss at Girondins Bordeaux last week. However, he showed his good side as PSG moved a point clear of Olympique Lyon who play on Saturday.  After two minutes the pony-tailed Swede slotted a penalty after being up-ended by keeper Benjamin Lecomte up-ended him as he ran on to a long ball. Lecomte received a yellow card for his challenge. Ezequiel Lavezzi missed a sitter for PSG half an hour in. A cheeky backheel from Ibramovic sent him clear on the edge of the box but he pushed the ball into the side netting for one of a series of missed opportunities for the league leaders. Lorient equalised midway through the second half when Benjamin Jeannot teed up a strike for Jordan Ayew. Ayew had another shot cleared off the line a few minutes later, sparking the game into life with 15 minutes to go. Ibrahimovic then showed his prowess from the spot again in the 82nd minute after Lamine Kone’s foul on Javier Pastore. He completed his hat-trick on full time. Lyon, one point behind PSG on 58 points, are at home to Nice on Saturday while third-placed Marseille, on 54, travel to second-from-bottom RC Lens on Sunday. –last_img read more