Brentford have an unenviable record of buying players at value, only to sell on at an increased value and, in doing so, reaping the profits.
A point of that can be seen in the case of 22-year-old French forward Neal Maupay. Bought from Ligue 2 side Saint-Etienne for around £1.8million, his 25 Championship goals last season now mark him out as a £15million man.
Other players have passed through Griffin Park in this way, and another could be on the way with the Bees poised to snap up Ecuadorean/Spanish attacking player Joel Valencia. This is according to West London Sport (WLS) who say that the 24-year-old “is having a medical ahead of his expected transfer to Brentford.”
WLS say that Brentford are set, upon satisfactory completion of the medical, to pay £1.8million for him from Polish side Piast Gliwice. Already this season Valencia has featured five times for the Poles, including two games in Champions League Qualifying against BATE Borisov.
Valencia started his football at Real Zaragoza, moving up through the youth team to their B side. Not progressing any further, a free transfer came about to UD Logroñés in late August 2014 before another free transfer to Slovenia and FC Koper in January 2016. His time in Slovenia was short, a July 2017 transfer to Gliwice coming about in late July 2017.
Valencia is not an out-and-out goal scorer, he’s only scored nine goals and provided seven assists in 65 games for Piast Gliwice and just 11 goals and 11 assists across his career. However, Brentford must see something in his play that they think will add to the style of football that they play.