Nuno Santo wants two midfielders and a goalkeeper and while Gero Rulli is ‘close,’ Giannelli Imbula is unlikely to go to Mestalla.
AS reports a meeting with the Coach and Rufete which, despite their previously-reported differences, was said to be positive.
Sporting director Rufete reported that Rulli, last year of Real Sociedad, was almost wrapped up as cover was sought for Diego Alves, victim of a long-term knee injury.
Nuno noted that he wanted to be able to call on two players in every position for the new season, keeping in mind the strain of a potential Champions League campaign.
The trainer is also eager to make sure Andre Gomes isn’t rushed back into action before he is fully fit, increasing the need to bolster the midfield ranks.
Imbulla has long be mentioned as a Valencia target but AS say it’s unlikely he will find his way to the club, with Marseille in talks with Inter and Tottenham Hotspur.
President Amadeo Salvo will make a final attempt for Imbula while talk of PSV Eindhoven’s Zakaria Bakkali was rejected as the right of midfield isn’t a priority, and there was a concern about according with UEFA’s spending rules.