Valencia’s sparkling La Liga form and subsequent lofty standing is helping fans forget many years of wallowing in the financial doldrums, but the seasonal shedding of superstars that defined this era looks set to continue.
David Villa, David Silva and Juan Mata are just a handful of the world-class assets Los Che have been forced to sell in recent campaigns, detracting from their ability to compete both domestically and on the continent.
Now, under the money-green wing of Singaporean businessman Peter Lim, the Mestalla outfit sit third in the Spanish top flight, sandwiched between Madrid duo Real and Atletico.
Still, despite their position of prominence and likelihood to qualify for next season’s Champions League, they’re facing the reality of losing a raft of key men, with Tottenham heading the queue of potential benefactors.
Spurs have designs on signing defender Shkodran Mustafi and advanced-midfielder Sofiane Feghouli, but these aren’t the only Valencia big shots Mauricio Pochettino and other prospective shoppers should be mulling over.
Behold, three more assets Nuno Santo must fear losing this summer:
The Argentine left-winger has weighed in with seven goals and six assists so far this term.
Boasting a fine blend of industry and skill, Piatti is sure to win the hearts of supporters through his willingness to help out in defence, which compliments his dead-ball and passing prowess perfectly.
He is currently revelling in his most successful season in terms of goal contribution.
Another precocious youth product to emerge through the Mestalla ranks, Gaya is reportedly high on Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal wishlist.
The 19-year-old has been a staple in the Valencia side this season, with no teammate making more appearances in the league to date.
Another well-rounded left-sided player, Gaya’s adventurousness from full-back have been a primary factor in Piatti’s success this term.
His technical acumen has yielded four assists, while he upholds an impressive tackles-per-match average of 2.8.
A long-term target of Liverpool, the former Real Madrid man boasts a quality all managers crave in midfielders – the ability to score goals.
Parejo has registered eight of them in La Liga and still found the time to set up two more on top of this, but the final third isn’t the only area where he flourishes.
An 83.9% pass completion rate is testament to his conjuring qualities, while nine yellow cards so far suggests he’s an aggressive competitor, if not the savviest tackler.