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Sevilla have lost star midfielder Ivan Rakitic to Barcelona this summer, and playmaker Marko Marin has returned to Chelsea upon the expiration of his loan deal with the club. Yet they could appease fans with an impressive swoop to sign Marseille midfielder Mathieu Valbuena. The French international, who has been linked with Arsenal and Liverpool of late, impressed at the World Cup, and his agent admitted that a deal could be on the cards.
"In a few days I’ll talk to Monchi. We have to make a decision," said Jean Paul Bernes. "Mathieu is delighted by Sevilla’s interest. That’s the impression I got. He knows they’re a big club, who won the Europa League again this year and they continue to grow. But we also recognise that there are other interesting proposals. Valencia? Yes, it’s also true that Valencia have called us. At midweek, we’ll make a decision. The player will now begin holidays and we want to speed up the negotiations and get things wrapped up soon."
Whilst Valencia may not be able to grab Valbuena from under Sevilla's nose, they have tied up the deal to sign Porto defender Nicolas Otamendi. The Argentine international, 26, has been linked with Chelsea and Manchester United recently, but he's now a Valencia player after a protracted saga.
"Valencia is one of the greatest teams in Spain. We must always be fighting of the championship and try to qualify in a Cup tournament," said Otamendi. "That’s where Valencia needs to be at all times. Hopefully everything goes well."
"I really wanted to come to Valencia. I’ll try to do my best because Valencia made a great effort to bring me here and I want to try and repay them."
Meanwhile, Malaga may be set to lose goalkeeper Willy Caballero to Manchester City in the coming days, but today they confirmed the capture of Ivorian left back Arthur Boka on a free transfer. The 31-year-old recently left Stuttgart at the end of his contract, and has penned a two-year deal to join Javi Gracia's side.