Valencia majority owner Peter Lim and super-agent Jorge Mendes were in Manchester yesterday, funnily enough on the same date Manchester City faced Real Madrid in the Champions League semi-final at the Etihad Stadium.
The exact nature of their visit isn’t known. They were spotted at Hotel Football, owned by the ‘Class of 92’ and located very close to Old Trafford, but Lim’s personal friendship with the group could be why they stayed there rather than something related to United.
The Valencia media, namely Superdeporte and Plaza Deportiva, believe the trip may have been linked to Manuel Pellegrini’s future. Valencia is one of several options for Pellegrini after City, perhaps the best one, but they are reportedly struggling to meet his demands. Still, this is an ongoing saga and is getting plenty coverage in Spain’s third largest city. Here is today’s Superdeporte front cover, with their view on what Lim and Mendes’ trip may be related to.
Pellegrini is the man Valencia want to lead them next and he is reported to be keen on the job, but the club are also looking at Rayo Vallecano boss Paco Jémez, who would be a cheaper option. The latest reports state that Pellegrini has requested €7 million over three seasons plus bonuses for Champions League qualification. It’s a sizeable sum for Valencia to pay out, despite being supported by Lim’s millions. They still have to comply with Financial Fair Play and Champions League football isn’t happening next season after the Gary Neville disaster.
Where next for Manuel Pellegrini? For now, Southampton then Madrid, but it’s only a matter of time before he decides his next adventure after three years in Manchester.