Aleix Vidal’s Valencia move ‘fell through’ on deadline day

According to Spanish radio RAC1, Aleix Vidal was expected to join Spanish outlet Valencia on a move away from Barcelona; but the deal fell through in the first half of the transfer deadline day.

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Barcelona’s transfer deadline day was quite an interesting one when looking at it with an outsider’s perspective. With most deals falling through at the last minute and rumours extinguishing themselves as the deadline approached (such as Coutinho’s arrival to the club), rumours regarding departures were quite rare. Aside from André Gomes’ reported departure to the Premier League, Aleix Vidal rumours were some of the hottest amongst Barça fans. Some were in favor of a sale of the winger, who was initially bought as a replacement for Dani Alves (though benched by Sergi Roberto’s polyvalence last season), whilst some favored a stay for the player until Sémédo came to the club and thereby, took Vidal’s potential spot in the starting lineup.

However, RAC1 has announced that the player was indeed on the move on deadline day, as Valencia stepped up in the race for Vidal’s signing, holding talks with Ernesto Valverde and even agreeing on a £13.6m deal before pulling out at the ’11th hour’ of the day. Valencia was the main contender in Vidal’s signing, and their final decision of not buying the player came out as a surprise in Barcelona, though the existence of such talks regarding Vidal only came up earlier today in the Spanish media. The summer window was still open on September 1st for Spanish teams, who were at an advantage over most of Europe as they could snap up anyone on the market, yet most highly-rated teams could not call themselves buyers at the time.

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