The outcome of yesterday's Copa del Rey Last 16 draw in Las Rozas underlined Valencia's need to bolster the squad in next month's transfer window. Marcelino's team were handed one of the tougher draws, and will face Las Palmas in the next round. Should they progress, the team will have a packed fixtures list, playing eight games in January. Valencia are keen to go as far as they can in the Copa del Rey but also maintain their position in the league table and qualify for next season's Champions League.
Valencia's hectic month
Marcelino isn't convinced by the results of recent studies which profess that a footballer can play four games in less than 10 days; the coach knows that he will be forced to rotate his team throughout January. The plan is to get through the month with the team intact and with as few injury problems as possible. Marcelino feels to do that, they will need to bring in a striker and two midfielders.
Money made available for Winter signings at Valencia
Peter Lim has given the green light to the proposal put forward by Mateo Alemany and Marcelino during a recent meetin at the Las Arenas hotel. The General Director and coach have contacted the agents of the players they are interested in - including Sandro's representatives. The problem is that Sandro's situation is not the same as it was a month ago. The former Barça and Málaga player wants to know what role he will fulfill under new Everton manager Sam Allardyce before accepting any other offers.