After being linked with moves to Liverpool, West Ham United and various clubs across Western Europe, it looks like Marseille midfielder Mathieu Valbuena could be playing his football a little further east. The French club, according to L’Equipe have agreed a €7 million fee with Dynamo Moscow for the French World Cup star.
The Russian club finished fourth in the Premier League last season and will play in the Europa League this season, and with some of their other signings they will hope to reach the Champions League places next season.
Valbuena would join the likes of Christopher Samba, Douglas, Alexander Buttner and Balasz Dzsudzsak at the Moscow club. It will be a tough ask for the club to challenge CSKA Moscow and Zenit Saint Petersburg, but they feel the signings they have made, plus Valbuena would give them a good chance.
It seems a bizarre move for the French international, but at this stage the player hasn’t agreed to the move, it is just his club that has agreed the fee.
Speaking to french television program Telefoot, Valbuena was clear to say that nothing had been decided yes and he was interested in finding a new adventure, but the Spanish had a very attractive championship.
It seems like Valbuena is holding out hope for a move to Sevilla or Valencia, although the former declared that his wages were too high.
The chance is still there for a side like Liverpool to add a proven top level player to their squad for the fraction of the price that saw Adam Lallana move to Merseyside from Southampton.
Valbuena would also bring the experience of over 330 games for Marseille and 45 games in the Champions League. Without Luis Suarez and the signing of players that haven’t played in European competition, that experience could be vital for Liverpool next season.
At 29 years old, he showed this summer just how vital and creative he can be on the biggest stage. He was easily France’s best player, and he deserves one last big move.
For such a bargain price, Liverpool would be mad to let an opportunity like this slip through their fingers. He may not be the name the Liverpool fans expect, but any move for Valbuena is low risk, but with very high rewards.