Valencia, who finished an impressive third place, yet still a staggering 28 points behind league winners Barcelona, have their sights set on Roque Santa Cruz from Manchester City.
Santa Cruz is currently immersed in heated action in this year’s World Cup in South Africa, where his skills have been on display for an upstart Paraguay side. Although he hasn’t been at his best in the early stages of action, he remains a vital component to their overall team success, and will be counted upon to provide clutch goals as the hope to progress through the knockout stage.
This transfer coincides with the imminent departure of the now former Valencia midfielder David Silva to Manchester City. Worried about being left entirely empty-handed in the transaction, Valenica has demanded Santa Cruz come from Manchester City in return.
Although Santa Cruz’s stint with Manchester City was initially received with lofty expectations, his past season in the EPL was undoubtedly deemed a disappointment. His campaign was marred with inconsistent starting opportunities, and a variety of frustrating injuries.
With the recent exits of the talented David Villa, and Serbia striker Nikola Zigic, Valencia are desperately seeking a lethal finisher like Santa Cruz. He has proven in year’s past with Blackburn of the EPL that he can be counted on to be the main target man for a team, and will get every opportunity to do so with Valencia. Although he has big shoes to fill amid the departure of David Villa, if Roque Santa Cruz can revert back to his old form, he could be one of the breakthrough players of the 2010-2011 La Liga season.
The official transfer should be finalized by the end of next week. Expect Manchester City to wrap up the 35-million-euro signing of David Silva, and in turn loan out Santa Cruz for the following season.
In all likelihood, it will again be Real Madrid and Barcelona situated atop the La Liga table. Although, if Santa Cruz can find himself inspired by a change of scenery, perhaps Los Che can anticipate a widening of the gap for the upcoming campaign.