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THE NEXT TARGET: PORTU

04 Jul 2013
Deportivo are starting to move in the market and after sealing the renewal of Lux they are ready to sign midfielder Portu. This centre midfielder would come from Valencia Mestalla on a loan operation.

The club is negotiating since last week the signing of Cristian Portugues Manzanera, 'Portu'; he’s a 21-year-old centre midfielder that belongs to Valencia CF. The operation is a loan spell for one season and was already accepted by the player and coach Fernando Vázquez.  For now both sides are waiting to seal the deal and also for the approval of Deportivo’s administrators.

Portu was considered to be one of the main promises at the B squad of Valencia CF; the problem is that he’s lasting too much in the attempt to reach the first squad. He debuted in a friendly with the first team when he was 17, but spent three years between Juvenil A and Valencia Mestalla (the B team)  without having opportunities at Primera División and now the player wants to grow up.

In the season that has just ended he played in 35 of the 38 matches of Valencia Mestalla at Segunda B (3,118 minutes) minutes. He scored one goal and was booked in eighteen opportunities. He’s considered to be a defensive midfielder and would be competing for a spot with Álex Bergantiños and Pablo Assunção, though this last one could leave the club.

On Tuesday, the midfielder talked to Radio Cadena Ser and admitted he would love to join Deportivo, “There are other options, but I prefer the one of Depor. I define myself as a polyvalent centre midfielder. I’m focused in the defensive tasks and my reference in Valencia is Albelda.”

ARANZUBIA COULD END UP AT VALENCIA
The loan of Portu isn’t the only operation in which Deportivo are dealing with Valencia CF, because Los Chés are also interested in Daniel Aranzubia. The renewal of Lux is leaving the ex-Athletic man at the door out. The financial crisis at Deportivo means that the players with high wages must leave and one of the most expensive players at the first team is Dani (€800,000 per season)

Aranzubia will be released and for the moment his agent and Deportivo are negotiating the cancelation of his contract. At the same time Valencia, also dealing with their own financial crisis, are studying the option to sell Guaita or Diego Alves and Aranzubia is the first choice of sporting director Braulio Vázquez in order to take the goal at Mestalla.

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