On 12 June via the official club website, Valencia announced an agreement with Brazilian club Sao Paulo, for the signing of young defensive talent Rodrigo Caio. Last Friday 26th June, the 21-year-old arrived in Spanish city to a warm welcome, ahead of a medical and to complete his move.
However, the deal could now be in serious jeopardy according to local media outlet Super Deporte, amidst fears the player may have failed that medical, and will require further examinations.
Caio has suffered two serious knee injuries already during his short career, with reports suggesting that Valencia now plan to get an expert second opinion. This will require the player visiting renown surgeon and knee specialist, Dr Cugat, at his clinic in Barcelona.
Meanwhile, Super Deporte highlight the official club response has been to deny there are physical problems with the player, stating instead: "There isn't yet an agreement between Sao Paulo and Valencia, regarding the format for payments and the future economic rights of the footballer."
This coming despite having previously announced an agreement with the Brazilian club, and that the €12 million deal was in principal, based upon Caio passing his standard medical.
An important summer signing for Valencia, if Caio has failed his first medical with the club, it will clearly be a setback. Only the coming days will reveal the true outcome, as to whether the deal will be concluded.
Ciao is regarded as a talented young prospect, capable of offering manager Nuno Espirito Santo good first-team options, given the positional versatility of the player, who can operate both in central defence and central midfield.