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Valencia are considering signing Chelsea’s first-choice goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga on a two-year loan deal.

The LaLiga club want to sign the Spaniard as a replacement for current keeper Jasper Cillessen – who is linked with a summer exit.

If Valencia can strike a deal with the Premier League side, it is likely to also have an option to buy clause after the two-year loan spell, according to Marca.

The approach from Valencia could be part of a much larger swap deal, which would see Ajax goalkeeper Andre Onana join Chelsea and Cillessen replace Onana at Ajax.

Onana has impressed with the Eredivisie side as Paris Saint-Germain are also interested in acquiring the 24-year-old stopper.

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Kepa joined the Blues for a world-record fee of £72million for a goalkeeper, as he joined from Athletic Bilbao. He quickly established himself as the number one at Stamford Bridge after he replaced Thibaut Courtois, who left for Real Madrid.

The Spaniard’s future at the club has been in doubt since the turn of the year, as he was dropped for 38-year-old back-up goalkeeper Willy Cabellero.

The Argentine was between the sticks for crucial matches against Manchester United, Tottenham and Bayern Munich.

Whilst Kepa has won his place back in Frank Lampard’s side, doubts still loom over his future at the club.

It has been reported that the goalkeeper now wishes to leave London in search of more minutes as he fights for his place in the Spain national team ahead of the Euros next summer.

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Valencia are interested in signing David Silva


Valencia are considering bringing David Silva back to Mestalla in the next transfer window.

The 34-year-old’s contract at Manchester City draws to a close at the end of the season and he is set to leave.

According to ESPN, Valencia have approached Silva to monitor his future plans and offer him the opportunity to become part of their new project.

The former Spain international joined the Sky Blues from Los Che in exchange for 33 million euros back in 2010.


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Dortmund ‘make £35m offer for Ferran Torres from Valencia’


Borussia Dortmund are known as a club who buy and develop young talent and it appears that Ferran Torres could be the latest name on this conveyor belt.

According to Bild, the German giants have made a £34.8million bid for the in-demand Valencia winger.

It is yet to be seen though if Valencia will accept this offer, with Dortmund’s valuation way below Torres’ £87.1m release clause.


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Barca, Madrid & Atleti… La Liga masks made by fans for non-profit


Face masks of La Liga teams including Barca, Real Madrid and Atletico have been created by fans which is for non-profit amid coronavirus pandemic.

As MD reports, the designs were made by a football fan of Salamanca named Julian Vicente.

He told MD that he designed this without any commercial purpose and he just thought if interesting when in lockdown.


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Ferran Torres ‘perfect transfer alternative for Liverpool’ instead of Sancho


Ferran Torres would make the perfect signing for Liverpool – and would be a cheaper alternative to Jadon Sancho.

That’s the view of one La Liga expert as Liverpool look to strengthen in a bid to stay at the top of world football this summer.


Liverpool are widely regarded as the best team in the world right now as they head towards the Premier League title having been crowned world and Europan champions in the last 10 months.

But while their forward line of Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino is one of the world’s finest, there is a recognition that the Reds need to add competition and back-up if they are to stay on top of world football.


And while some of Europe’s top clubs are expected to battle it out to land £100m-rated Borussia Dortmund winger Sancho this summer, Valencia wideman Torres could prove just as exciting a signing.

And the 20-year-old would fit Liverpool’s style perfectly, according to Spanish football analyst Domagoj Kostanjšak – who says “I don’t think there is a team out there who wouldn’t want him”.


“Torres is one of the brightest players in La Liga – and even in Europe as well,” Kostanjšak told the Liverpool Echo’s Blood Red podcast.

“He’s a highly technical winger with pace and he dribbles well. He likes to run and he beats his marker easily most of the time.


“He’s good with both feet and that makes him deadly: he can go inside and shoot or outside and put crosses into the box.

“He’s pretty much the whole package except for his finishing, which still needs a bit of work.


“But he’s really young, so I would say the sky is the limit.”

Kostanjšak says Torres would be the ideal alternative to Sancho, but has warned that he will want assurances about game time despite his young age.


“I would say he is like Sancho or even like Vinicius Junior at Real Madrid,” said Kostanjšak.

“[His next move] depends on the playing time he would get at those clubs.

” Jurgen Klopp loves prolific wingers and Torres is one of those.


“He’s fast, he’s good on the ball, and I don’t think there is a team out there who wouldn’t want him if they could get him.

“I would say that he is way ahead of his age, though, both mentally and sheer ability-wise.

“His decision making is on point and he has already played on the biggest stages regularly, so he is ready for a step up, but he needs game time.


“Rotting on the bench is going to do him no good.”

Torres is believed to have a release clause of €100million (£87m) written into his contract, but it has been reported that Valencia could accept closer to half that figure due to the player having rejected a new contract.

He will enter the final year of hi contract this summer, and there will be plenty of competition for him with Manchester United, Juventus, Barcelona and Real Madrid, to name just four clubs all believed to be interested.


Kostanjšak said: “If Torres doesn’t sign a new contract and he is adamant about leaving, I think that €60 million would be about right, but €100 million, that’s a bit much even for a gem like him.

“It will be really difficult for Valencia to keep him, but to me, at this moment, it seems like a matter of time – he will become too big for the club.”

Torres has scored four and recorded four assists in 25 La Liga games this season, while he has also netted two and assisted two in six Champions League games.


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Atalanta brutally defeats Valencia in Last 16 Champions League Tie


Atalanta have one foot in the Champions League quarter-finals after an enthralling 4-1 victory over Valencia at their adopted home of the San Siro on Wednesday night.

La Dea’s expansive style of play put Valencia to the sword as a brace from Hans Hateboer and strikes from Josip Iličić and Remo Freuler secured a commanding first-leg lead.


The hosts started brightly and with a quarter of an hour gone, they had their lead. Skipper Papu Gómez played in an inviting low cross for Hateboer to tap in his first-ever goal for the club.

Atalanta were a real threat in the first-half, their tendency to overload the flanks with their wing-backs caused problems for the visitors on the counter-attack.


But against the run of play, Valencia almost hit an equaliser. A quick free-kick caught Atalanta out, clever movement from Ferran Torres put him in on goal, but the angle was tight and he struck the woodwork.


The away side would rue those missed chances as on the stroke of half-time Illičić received the ball on the edge of the area, worked an opening and thrashed it beyond Jaume Domenech and into the top corner.

Then just before the hour mark, it was three. Gómez again involved, the loose ball spilt to Freuler who cut in from the left and whipped a curling effort into the far corner.


Valencia’s Maxi Gómez then had a golden chance to grab a crucial away goal but, unmarked in the middle of the goal, he fired straight at Pierluigi Gollini.

Minutes later, and unbelievably, Atalanta had their fourth goal of the night. Hateboer had his second as the full-back finished a move that quite simply ripped the Spaniards apart.


But the goals didn’t stop there, a sloppy ball was expertly taken advantage of by Valencia substitute Denis Cheryshev who rifled an unstoppable shot across the keeper and into the net.

Los Che had yet more chances to reduce the deficit as Atalanta refused to batten down the hatches but the scoreline remained the same.


La Dea performed miracles to make it into the knockout stages, limping out of Group C as runners-up with just seven points from six games.

However having earned their place in the last 16, it appears the stage fright has disseminated and Gian Gasperini’s side suddenly look at home in Europe’s elite competition.


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5-0: Barca defeats leganes after Valencia lose ..


Lionel Messi scored twice as Barcelona hammered Leganes 5-0 on Thursday to advance to the quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey and deliver a much-needed boost for new coach Quique Setien.

Messi’s double, as well as goals from Antoine Griezmann, Clement Lenglet and Arthur Melo rounded off an emphatic win at Camp Nou, where Barca successfully bounced back from Saturday’s surprise La Liga loss away at Valencia.


“We did a lot of things well but I am not completely happy because we also lost control of the game in the latter stages of the first half,” said Setien.

Defeat at Mestalla allowed Real Madrid to pull three points clear at the top of the league and put early pressure on Setien, who replaced Ernesto Valverde as coach earlier this month.


His appointment will be judged on performances in the league and Champions League this season but Barca have a rich recent history in the Copa del Rey, which they have won in four of the last five years.

They will be in Friday’s draw for the last eight where, despite a number of upsets, they join a familiar-looking field.


Real Madrid, Valencia, Real Sociedad, Granada, Villarreal, Athletic Bilbao are already through, with Sevilla to face Mirandes later on Thursday.

A home tie in the last 16 against La Liga’s bottom club always looked a kind route back to winning ways for Setien’s side, whose next four league fixtures now include Levante, Getafe and Eibar, all at home, as well as a trip to Real Betis.


Victories in those games would give Setien momentum but performances will be important too given his arrival was as much about changing Barcelona’s style as their results.

After a ponderous display against Valencia, they outclassed Leganes, who pressed high from the start, despite early indications suggesting this Barcelona team might struggle more against opponents that sit deep.


Before the game, the Catalans’ club director Guillermo Amor ruled out buying another striker before the end of the January transfer window on Friday, meaning Griezmann is likely to step into the role of the injured Luis Suarez down the middle.

“There may be a risk of injuries but I have confidence in the players I have,” said Setien. “It wasn’t to be and that’s fine with me. We have to think about what we have and we are happy because in a few weeks we will have Dembele back too.”


Griezmann made his case by opening the scoring after four minutes as Nelson Semedo cut back for the Frenchman to control and poke home his 13th goal of the season.

Another Griezmann strike was ruled out shortly after, only for Lenglet to head in Messi’s corner at the near post to put Barcelona two up after 27 minutes.

Messi made it three after springing in behind just before the hour and then Arthur Melo, on for Griezmann, added another, banging in after both Ansu Fati and Messi had been denied.

Leganes were finished but Messi had one more goal left in him as he latched onto Ivan Rakitic’s pass and rounded Pichu Cuellar, before finishing for his 19th of the season and third under a relieved Setien.


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Rodrigo resume training after move to Barcelona failed ..


Barca gave up on the signing of Rodrigo Moreno on Tuesday night and, coincidently or not, he reappeared on Wednesday. The striker, who had missed the previous session and wasn’t in the Valencia squad for the cup, trained with the squad in Paterna.


Rodrigo is trying to get back to normal after a frantic week. Once more, the Valencia striker had his bags practically packed before his exit to another team was thwarted. It happened with Real Madrid, with Atlético Madrid, and this time with Barcelona.

Barca ruled out his signing on Tuesday night after a very hard negotiation with Valencia. Valencia wanted 60 million for him, demands that Barcelona weren’t prepared to meet.


With the deal in full swing, Rodrigo was absent from training that day and was left out of the squad for the Copa del Rey last 16 match against Cultural Leonesa.

‘AS’ explains that the player was precisely in Barcelona to undergo a routine medical check-up at Dr. Cugat’s practice alongside Cillessen, Manu Vallejo, Guedes and Piccini. This would have been the reason he missed training, although his absence further fuelled the rumours.

However, after the breakdown in negotiations, Rodrigo reappeared at training in Paterna on Wednesday. He did so alongside Daniel Wass and Ezequiel Garay, the other players not called up for the squad.

‘Marca’ indicates that Rodrigo was in Paterna for 3 hours, after they left training in a car at around 1pm. Amidst the questions of the media sources present, absolute silent.


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Real Madrid defeats Real Valladolid to top La Liga ..

...after Barcelona’s shocking defeat to valencia


Real Madrid moved top of La Liga for the first time since October on Sunday after grinding out a 1-0 win away at Real Valladolid to make Barcelona pay for their surprise defeat to Valencia.
It is 16 weeks since Madrid last finished around the top of the pile and it looked like a scrappy contest at the Jose Zorilla would end goalless until Nacho headed in the winner with 12 minutes remaining.


Victory means Zinedine Zidane’s side pull three points ahead of Barca, whose 2-0 loss away at the Mestalla on Saturday under new coach Quique Setien could prove a turning point in a nip-and-tuck title race.

Madrid now has the luxury of hosting their struggling city rivals Atletico Madrid, who are 10 points back after a goalless home draw with Leganes earlier on Sunday, with a cushion next weekend, not to mention on the back of a 19-game unbeaten run.


That streak included them drawing a game they arguably should have won at Camp Nou in December and then lifting the Spanish Super Cup earlier this month in Saudi Arabia.

As Barcelona pursue a more entertaining style of football under Setien, Madrid march on, gaining momentum with wins that based largely on solidity and a stubborn defence.


Their form has been even more impressive given the absence of key players, with Eden Hazard, Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale starting only four times together this season.

Real march on
Real Valladolid, who are owned by former Brazil and Real Madrid striker Ronaldo, are being drawn into a relegation fight after winning only one of their last 12. They stay 16th, five points above the bottom three.


Valladolid’s Joaquin Fernandez was lucky not to be sent off early on for a two-footed challenge on Rodrygo, which only earned him a yellow card, despite the protests of Madrid’s players.

Casemiro thought he had scored when he nodded in at the back post but VAR showed him to have been just offside and Valladolid arguably finished the first half the stronger.


Thibaut Courtois made a good save to deny Michel and then had to back peddle to prevent Raul Garcia’s cross dropping in under his crossbar.

After a scrappy opening 45 minutes, Madrid improved in the second period as the lively Rodrygo tested Jordi Masip and Benzema twice should have scored.


First, he failed to volley in an excellent Isco cross from close range and then rose high to meet Rodrygo’s delivery but headed wide of the post.

Valladolid was retreating and, in the 78th minute, Madrid struck. Toni Kroos’ corner was cleared back out to him and at the second time of asking, he picked out Nacho, who diverted a smart header into the far corner.

Nacho ran over to Zidane on the touchline to hug his coach.

There was a late siege as Valladolid came again in the final minutes, the stadium erupting after Sergi Guardiola tapped in at the back post. But his outstretched right foot was offside, and Madrid breathed a sigh of relief.


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Rhonex Kipruto breaks world record


Kenya’s Rhonex Kipruto set a new 10km road world record of 26 minutes 24 seconds in Valencia on Sunday.

Kipruto bettered the previous fastest time set by Uganda’s Joshua Cheptegei, also in Valencia last month, by 14 seconds.

Both times are pending official ratification.


The astonishing run by Kipruto also included him breaking the 5km road world record after he crossed the halfway point of the 10km race in 13:18.

Kipruto came close to breaking the 10km world record when he registered 26:44 in Prague in September 2018.

Rhonex Kipruto


The 20-year-old won a bronze medal at the World Championships in Qatar last year.

His compatriot Bernard Kimeli came second in Valencia, finishing less than a minute behind in 27:12. Switzerland’s Julien Wanders was third with a time of 27:13.


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3-1: Massive help from Kroos as Madrid beat Valencia to reach super cup final


Toni Kroos scored a wonder goal straight from a corner as Real Madrid beat Valencia 3-1 on Wednesday to reach the final of the controversial Spanish Super Cup in Saudi Arabia.

Kroos caught Valencia goalkeeper Jaume Domenech napping with a brilliant, instinctive strike before Isco made it two and Luka Modric added a classy third from a curling finish with the outside of his foot. NobleSport report


After two superb goals, the only shame was more fans were not there to see them given the King Abdullah Sports City stadium appeared only a little more than half full.

Dani Parejo scored a late Valencia penalty but Madrid advance to Sunday’s final where they will meet the winner of the second semi-final between Barcelona and Atletico Madrid on Thursday.


Barca coach Ernesto Valverde had said earlier on Wednesday that he preferred the traditional format of this competition, that pitted the La Liga champions against the winners of the Copa del Rey in a match in Spain in August.

Under those rules, Real Madrid, who finished third in the league last term and failed to reach the final of the cup would not even have qualified but they now have the chance to win their first trophy of the season, possibly against Barca in a Clasico final.


But it is the new location that has grated most, because of the lack of consideration for Spanish fans and the implications of associating with a country that has been heavily criticised for its treatment of women and record over human rights.

In one of the more unusual aspects of the night, a giant banner of the King and Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia were hung in the centre of the pitch during half-time.


Long unbeaten run
Either side of the interval, Real Madrid were too strong, extending their unbeaten run to 15 matches with another performance to suggest they are La Liga’s form team ahead of the second half of the season.

For long spells, they outplayed Valencia, who have been on a strong run themselves, even if they had to cope without star player Rodrigo Moreno due to a knee injury.


Madrid were also without their own top scorer in Karim Benzema, who has a hamstring strain, as well as Gareth Bale, who has a throat infection.

In their absence, Kroos stepped up with a goal of which both Benzema and Bale would have been proud.


Madrid won the corner in the 15th minute and with Domenech out of his goal, instructing Francis Coquelin, Kroos nipped around the flag and bent the ball towards the net.

Domenech saw it coming but too late, and he could only succeed in punching the ball into the inside of his own side-netting.


Valencia wanted a penalty when Casemiro nudged Carlos Soler in the back and Kevin Gameiro should have done better than blast over after he did well to wriggle through.

But Madrid were the dominant force and Isco doubled the lead before the break. Fede Valverde pulled back for Modric and while his shot was blocked, Isco fired in the follow-up.

Luka Jovic’s struggles continued as he struck the post from close range before Modric added a final flourish, selling Gabriel Paulista with a stepover left before guiding the ball into the far corner with the ouside of his right foot.

Sergio Ramos handballed late on and Parejo scored the penalty but for Valencia the game was already up.


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Valencia Sets eye On city’s Cancelo


Valencia Hopeful Manchester City Will Sanction Departure of Joao Cancelo


Valencia are understood to be keen on re-signing Joao Cancelo from Manchester City, despite Pep Guardiola’s initial reluctance to strike a deal.

The 25-year-old only arrived at the Etihad Stadium last summer on a six-year deal, in a move worth around £27m – plus Danilo, who moved in the opposite direction to Juventus.


But the Portuguese international, who was purchased to provide additional competition for Kyle Walker at right back, has failed to settle in England, and has made just six appearances in the Premier League.

Joao Cancelo
Now, leading Spanish publication Marca report that former club Valencia, who Cancelo played for between 2014 and 2018, are keen on a January reunion, and are hopeful that a deal can be done.


Despite Valencia’s interest, City manager Guardiola is thought to be hesitant in sanctioning a deal as he’d be left with little to no cover in Manchester. Los Ches are said to be interested in a loan deal, as the cost of a permanent move would likely be outside of their remit.

Bayern Munich have also been linked with a move for Cancelo, whose game time has become increasingly marginalised, despite City’s indifferent run of form in the Premier League.


His bit-part role is likely to affect his chances of making Portugal’s squad for Euro 2020, suggesting that a move may be of interest, even if it’s temporary. He hasn’t appeared for the national team since September, when he featured in the 5-1 win over Lithuania.

Cancelo is no stranger to moving around, having played for Valencia, Inter, Juventus and City in recent seasons. But it’s the Mestalla where he enjoyed the majority of his success, making 74 appearances in La Liga.


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He then won the Serie A crown with Juventus in his maiden season in Turin, and generally was one of La Vecchia Signora’s better performers. That form instigated his move to City, but he’s been unable to adjust to life in England thus far.

City, meanwhile, look to be out of the Premier League title race already, with Liverpool holding a comprehensive 13 point lead at the top of the table heading into the new year.


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