La Liga Clubs Monitoring Real Oviedo's Standout Performers As Summer Transfer Window Approaches
Real Madrid and Barcelona enter bidding war for Oviedo youth team star Alexandre Herculano.
Hierro rejects bids from Getafe, Elche and Mallorca for midfield engine Angel Martinez.
Arsenal look to follow up their previous interest in wonderkid Alex Grimaldo.
Steaua Bucharest knocked back in an attempt to sign Andrea Orlandi.
Hierro also rejects bids from Elche and Almeria for centre back Adrian Lopez.
No official statement from the club following Olymp. Volou's approach for Fernando Hierro.
It will most likely be a busy transfer window at the Nuevo Carlos Tartiere as clubs look to sign star performers from Oviedo's unbeaten season.
Following a multiple-record breaking season for Real Oviedo, it was always inevitable that club's would become interested in their star players. It has only been a week since the season ended and the with the planet turning it's attention to the upcoming World Cup 2014 in Brazil; club managers are looking to get their business done early.
Following a succession of rejected bids from Arsenal for Oviedo's 18 year old La Masia prodigy Alex Grimaldo last January, it seems that Arsene Wenger is still keen to get his man as the Frenchman looks set to reignite his interest.
Grimaldo made 37 appearances for Oviedo this season and ended the campaign with 4 goals and 6 assists, but also showed the professionalism and composure of a 10 year veteran. However despite Arsenal's renewed interest in the former Barcelona player, it seems that other European giants have sat up and taken notice as Oviedo chairman Jorge Menendez confirmed this morning at a press conference in Asturias:
'Alex had a great season and now we will have to fight to keep him. There are many interested parties and we have fielded enquires from Arsenal, Real Madrid, Liverpool, Inter Milan and Atletico Madrid.'
Menendez told reporters.
Despite interest from Europe's giants, it is believed that Grimaldo is keen to continue his development with Oviedo.
Another teenager that may be set for a big money move is 16 year old striker Alexandre Herculano. Herculano is a local boy who joined the Oviedo youth set-up at age 8 and signed his first professional contract with the club on his 16th birthday of April this year.
Herculano made 5 substitute appearances in the final couple of months of the season and even registered an assist for Vicente in the 3-0 win over Noja on the final day. It is believed that Real and Barca's scouts have been monitoring the wonderkid for 4 years and have now both made their moves with £5.5m bids for the striker which Oviedo have rejected.
Whether he stays at Oviedo or makes a move to one of Spain's big two, remember the name Alexandre Herculano. Because at bids of £5.5m for a 16 year old, he may just be the next big thing.
Angel made 40 appearances for Oviedo this season and was a vital component in Hierro's midfield.
After joining on a free transfer following his release from English Championship side Blackpool, Angel has thrived in his key role for the title-winning side.
The 28 year old midfield engine scored 5 goals and laid on 6 assists for his teammates this campaign but his responsibility of midfield protection was executed perfectly as he provided stable and reliable performances consistently throughout the season.
Following his exploits this year, recently relegated Getafe have earmarked Angel as one of their top-priority signings and have made a bid of £375k for the Oviedo number 4. Liga Adelante Mallorca have also had a bid of a similar amount rejected whilst Liga BBVA side Elche have only enquired about the midfielders availability.
All bids have thus far been rejected by Hierro as the former Madrid captain looks to keep hold of his star performers from this season.
Bids of £200k for Adrian Lopez from Elche and Almeria have also been rejected whilst Steaua have also had multiple enquiries for Andrea Orlandi rejected. With the end of the season only being a week old it truly is an indicator that this Summer's transfer window will be an interesting one in Spain, with a lot of hard work still ahead for Real Oviedo.