Valencia have rejected Napoli’s approach for their Spanish striker Santi Mina according to Super Deporte. It is believed the Italian Serie A runners-up are in the hunt for a striker this summer with their Polish star man Arkadiusz Milik suffering consistently with injuries. Dries Mertens is also coming into the twilight of his career and the Naples based club are looking to freshen up their squad.
Santi Mina enjoyed his best football with Valencia last season following his €10 million move from Celta Vigo in 2015. In fact, it was his best season in his professional career. Having scored 15 goals in 38 appearances, the Galician is well regarded by Valencia manager Marcelino. On top of his 15 goals, Santi Mina also chipped in with four assists for his teammates.
The 22 year old is seen as a necessary player in this Valencia squad as they look to compete in the Champions League next season. The attention he has attracted is unsurprising considering the promise he showed at an early age with Celta Vigo. Last season was seen as his ‘coming of age’ year however.
It is believed that this was Valencia’s second time rejecting the advances of Napoli for Santi Mina. Napoli were willing to part with €15-18 million in this second offer. Considering the age, potential growth and lack of depth in the Valencia squad, the offer was rejected straight away. There is also the thought that in two seasons time, Santi Mina will be worth much more than this price offered.
The club have been willing to let a number of players leave the club however. Within this group, includes Juventus-bound Joao Cancelo and Chinese Super League rejecting Simone Zaza. There is a need for Los Che to accumulate money from player sales as they look to add more additions to their squad with Kevin Gameiro already agreeing terms along with Goncalo Guedes who was on loan last season.