This summer could be a pivotal one for Valencia as they look to strengthen Marcelino’s squad for a Champions League return after two seasons away from Europe’s elite competition. It could start with the sale of Zakaria Bakkali.
MARCA say that the club have come to an agreement with Belgian club Standard Liege for him to move on, but that the player is yet to agree terms.
Valencia are confident of a deal being completed as the winger hails from the city of Liege, although the 22-year-old is yet to publicly address the speculation.
Bakkali joined Los Che on a free transfer in 2015 but has not kicked on as many at the club had hoped, seeing his limited game time decrease with each season until he was sent out on loan to Deportivo La Coruna for 2017/18.
As his loan club were relegated, the winger showed flashes of quality but struggled to nail down a regular spot in the team and the Galician outfit did not contemplate attempting to make the move a permanent one.
Bakkali’s sale could be just one of many this summer with the club looking to shift on deadwood in order to raise funds and free up space in the squad to help boost the overall level of quality ahead of Marcelino’s second season at the club.