Short of funds, Valencia’s board have reportedly set a cap on transfer fees, ensuring no amount paid for any player in the transfer window exceeds €6m. That is the fee Los Che have reportedly agreed with relegated Almeria, with the move now waiting a green light from Piatti’s former club Estudiantes, who are due to receive a 25% sell-on fee. It places the Argentine attacking talent in the unique position of seeing his fate between his current and future club, decided by his past club.
Aged 22, with pace, an eye for goal and an unpredictable edge in attacking play and happy to cut inside, Piatti has been signposted by Unai Emery’s team as a direct replacement for the departed Joaquin Sanchez and is set to arrive a month after making his international debut for Argentina, but ultimately missing out the Copa America squad.
Atletico Madrid had also been tracking the youngster who can play left-midfield or in attack, whilst Valencia’s interest looks set to end links between them and Barcelona’s Jeffren, Real Madrid’s Pedro Leon and Real Zaragoza’s Angel Lafita.
Piatti is set to become the second player to leave the Andalusians Almeria for the move north west to Valencia, following goalkeeper Diego Alves’ €3m move. He would also be the fourth signing of the summer for the team that finished third in 2010-11, and the third at the maximum transfer fee amount, following Adil Rami and Dani Parejo’s respective €6m moves to the Estadio Mestalla.