With the winter transfer window nearly upon us, the likes of Spurs, Manchester United and Arsenal will be monitoring the situation at La Liga side Valencia. With a manager sacked, a changing room divided and above all, murmurs that there could be a swathe of exits after Christmas, the Spanish club are in turmoil. talkSPORT look at how some of the top Premier League sides could benefit from Valencia's strife...
Name: Sofiane Feghouli
Position: Attacking midfielder
Possible destinations: Manchester United
Valencia's season has been inconsistent to say the least, with horrible league form a total contrast with their Champions League performance, but one player who has largely been an exception to the rule is Sofiane Feghouli, who has regularly produced strong displays for the side. Some of the more cynical journalists in Spain claim that's probably due to the Algerian's desire to land a big move out of the Mestalla in the near future. Regardless, his work ethic and technical ability have reportedly alerted Sir Alex Ferguson. Feghouli is one of many to be dubbed the 'next Zidane' and while that could be a burden for a promising young player, Feghouli is already both good enough and consistent enough to carve his own reputation, even if he may not scale the heights of Zizou.
Likelihood of a move: Valencia are still a selling club, with financial uncertainty refusing to go away, and Feghouli looks the most likely of their top players to see the exit in the near future. If Manchester United want to pay his premium, he should be available.
Position: Attacking midfielder/striker
Possible destinations: Tottenham Hotspur
Brazilian attacker Jonas has been a consistent feature of Valencia's team for several years now, with his combination of skill, intelligent movement and good finishing allowing him to find the net 19 times last season, with most coming from an attacking midfield role. It's believed that Tottenham will try to tempt Valencia into selling Jonas in January, and their position could be made even stronger by the unrest at the Spanish club. Jonas could provide cover for Emmanuel Adebayor and Jermain Defoe up front, as well as playing in his more usual role behind the striker, and the good relationship between Andre Villas-Boas and Valencia could work in Tottenham's favour in attempting to broker a deal.
Likelihood of a move: While Jonas has been successful at Valencia, he isn't quite in their top bracket of key players, so if Spurs arrived with a decent offer it's easy to see the Spanish side selling. Though sometimes too selfish, he does bring goals and if Andre Villas-boas values that above his more negative aspects then he could be a quality squad player, particularly with Tottenham's Champions League ambitions.
Name: Fernando Gago
Position: Defensive midfielder
Possible destinations: Manchester City
Despite only arriving at the Mestalla in the summer, Fernando Gago could already be on his way out of Valencia. Originally, club president Manuel Llorente insinuated that Gago had asked to leave after the club sacked manager Mauricio Pellegrino at the start of December, but Llorente was quick to backtrack when Gago responded by shooting down the suggestion on his Twitter account. In any case, what is clear is that relations between the club and the former Real Madrid midfielder aren't perfect, so could Manchester City, who were also said to be interested in him in the summer, show renewed interest in the future? Gago's quality is undoubted, but if he's seen as a poisonous influence in the Valencia dressing room then the La Liga side will need to seriously consider weeding him out, and City have shown in the past that they aren't afraid to take on players with 'big' personalities.
Likelihood of a move: As you would expect from a former Real Madrid and Boca Juniors player, Gago has plenty of quality, particularly on the ball, so his capacity to play with a team like City isn't in doubt. That being said, he has also been unable to shake stories of a poor attitude in recent years, so it remains to be seen whether clubs interested in signing him are dissuaded as a result. If City are looking for an alternative in one of their defensive midfield positions - somone who is comfortable on the ball and proven at a high level - he's an obvious candidate, and it seems like Valencia would be willing to entertain offers.
Name: Roberto Soldado
Possible destinations: Liverpool, Tottenham
Along with Feghouli, one of the jewels in Valencia's crown is star striker and vice captain Roberto Soldado, whose form in front of goal has helped keep Los Che afloat in recent seasons, allowing them to finish third for three years in a row. Soldado was widely expected to be the next Valencia player sold on for big money last summer, following David Villa, David Silva and Juan Mata, who all played their part in reducing the debt at the Mestalla. Instead, the striker rejected an offer from Tottenham. Any high hopes Soldado may have had for Valencia have long since been dashed however, and with their outlook this year now looking dismal, could Soldado consider rethinking his decision, with the added benefit of helping his team to further reduce their financial worries?
Likelihood of a move: Soldado's actions in the summer made his loyalty to Valencia clear, but with renewed worries over financing a new stadium as well as further reducing their mammoth debt, could the ultimate show of loyalty prove to be moving on to help alleviate their problems? The striker looks the least likely of the above players to move, though top sides will no doubt make an attempt regardless.
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