Reports in the Spanish media claim Valencia will turn their attention to Aston Villa’s Marvelous Nakamba if they fail to sign Lucas Torreira.
The La Liga strugglers are desperate to recruit in January after a poor first half of the campaign. Los Che sit 14th of the 20 clubs but are just two points above the relegation zone.
They have targeted Torreira, who is on a season-long loan with Atletico Madrid from Arsenal. The Uruguay international has found game time hard to come by with Los Rojiblancos.
They are flying high at the top of La Liga but Torreira has played little part. He has featured in just nine league matches, starting two and with one goal to his name.
Valencia have made no secret of their desire to take him to the Mestalla. Diego Simeone seems reluctant to let the South American leave despite pushing him to the peripheries all season.
Atletico have rebuffed all enquiries as to his availability but the word is Valencia are not taking no for an answer. They are hoping he returns to Arsenal this month and is then farmed out on loan to another club.
The report states that deals for the duo could be ‘complicated’ but offers no reason why.
Makamba made 19 Premier League appearances for Villa last term but has been relegated to the bench in 2020-2021. The former Club Brugge midfielder has started only two league games among five outings.
He was linked with Turkish Super Liga club Trabzonspor in April last year but remained in the West Midlands. It seems unlikely that things will change too much under Dean Smith, especially with Villa enjoying a decent campaign.
Free agent linked
While Nakamba might be on his way out, free-agent forward Alex Teixeira could be on his way to Villa Park. He is now unattached after leaving Chinese club Jiangsu Suning earlier in January.
The 31-year-old has experience of playing in the Champions League and has bagged 11 goals in Europe’s elite club competition. Marseille’s Morgan Sanson appears first choice, with Teixeira an alternative if problems over his price tag cannot be sorted out.
Smith has made it clear he will be signing at least one player this month but his identity is still unknown.