Zimbabwe: La Liga Doors Could Open for Nakamba

Zimbabwe’s only current football export to the English Premier League, Marvelous Nakamba could see a La Liga opportunity open up for him at struggling giants Valencia.

If the opportunity were to actually open up and the Warriors midfielder were to take it, he would become the first local player to play in the famed La Liga.

He is currently enduring a frustrating period at Aston Villa where he has been out of favour this season often sitting it out on the bench.

The former Chicken Inn midfielder got a rare start on Wednesday when John McGinn was sidelined, but as soon as Scotsman McGinn was available, Nakamba was shunted back to the bench despite putting up probably his best display in the Villa colours in the 2-0 win over Newcastle on Saturday.

Reports in the Spanish media claim Valencia will turn their attention to Nakamba if they fail to sign Lucas Torreira.

Valencia are reported to be desperate to recruit in January after a poor first half of the campaign. They sit 14th of the 20-club league and are just two points above the relegation zone.

Teamtalk reports that they have targeted Torreira, who is on a season-long loan with Atletico Madrid from Arsenal. The Uruguay international has found game time hard to come by on Diego Simeone’s side.

They are flying high at the top of La Liga, but Torreira has played little part. He has featured in just nine league matches, starting two and with one goal to his name.

The La Liga table toppers seem reluctant to let the South American leave despite pushing him to the periphery all season.

Atletico have rebuffed all enquiries as to his availability but the word is Valencia are not taking no for an answer. They are hoping he returns to Arsenal this month and is then farmed out on loan to another club.

Should that not happen, Villa’s Zimbabwe international is said to be their next target.

The publication El Mercantil Valenciano suggests that Nakamba and Ajax’s Edson Alvarez are alternatives to Torreira.

The same report suggests that taking Nakamba away from Villa could be complicated without stating the reasons.

Nakamba made 19 Premier League appearances for Villa last term, but has been relegated to the bench in 2020-2021. The former Club Brugge midfielder has started only two league games among five outings.

He was linked with Turkish Super Liga club Trabzonspor in April last year, but remained in the West Midlands.

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