Valencia have confirmed the signing of Danish midfielder Daniel Wass from Celta Vigo via their official website. The club were rumoured with a move for Wass since the end of last season and have finally got their man. With Valencia competing in Champions League football next season, their squad was in need of reinforcements. €6 million will be seen as money well spent by Los Che as they are getting in an adequate midfielder who offers something different to what they already have.
Wass joins new signings Geoffrey Kondogbia, Uros Racic and Mouctar Diakhaby. The outlay by Valencia for these four players coming to a total of €48 million. In balancing this, the club have sold Joao Cancelo to Juventus for a massive €40 million. Sales of Fabian Orellana to Eibar for €2 million and Zakaria Bakkali to Anderlecht for €1 million will also go some way in balancing the books. Further sales are expected at the club with Italian forward Simone Zaza seemingly agreeing terms on a move to AC Milan.
Having been linked with Wass all summer, with the General Manager even going as far as say no deal had been reached. It was clear to everyone that the 29 year old would eventually join Valencia however. The Denmark native (not involved in the World Cup squad due to a bust up with the manager) has signed a contract with Valencia until 2022, which includes a buy out clause worth €80 million.
At Villarreal, and during large periods of his time with Valencia last season, Marcelino favoured playing a narrow 4-4-2. Daniel Wass should fit into this system like a hand in a glove. Last season at Celta Vigo, he was often played in a similar role. Was frequently used either as an out and out centre midfielder or else as a wide midfielder. This system by Marcelino at Valencia will be a perfect mix for Daniel Wass’ qualities; allowing him to drift out wide in moments and control some of the play on the inside also.
With Kondogbia confirmed as the clubs main defensive midfielder and Dani Parejo playing just ahead of him with Daniel Wass now available to play on one side, Marcelino also has Carlos Soler on the other side of midfield. I firmly believe Marcelino will be looking to use this formation going forward for large parts of the season. Should they be able to cough up the funds to pay for Goncalo Guedes or not may determine how frequently they set up in this manner. With the way the squad is looking at the moment, they are best set up to play this narrow 4-4-2; this will allow both Daniel Wass and Carlos Soler to showcase their best qualities. It will also give the team good balance with Kondogbia and Parejo sharing defensive duties in the centre.
The potential signing of Kevin Gameiro should give Valencia supporters even more to cheer about as their action in this summer transfer market is far from finished.