According to Sport, Villarreal approached Gerard Moreno earlier this month to see if he would be interested in returning to the Yellow Submarine. However, the Catalan striker said no—he’s happy playing for the club where he used to be a ballboy. Villarreal still own 50% of his rights if he’s sold on, but that doesn’t help us in this instance.
And so, Villarreal have asked Espanyol for the loan of Felipe Caicedo. He’s not likely to get a lot of playing time now that Sergio Garcia, who left the parakeets for Qatar in 2015, is poised to return.
Espanyol would like to sell Caicedo, but the Submarine is only interested in a loan with option to buy at this point. With 20/20 hindsight, of course we wish we still had Gerard, but he wanted to leave; we didn’t take up our purchase options on Baptistao, didn’t try to get Adrian Lopez. (Baptistao was doing OK for Espanyol, but it—of course—hurt again). Caicedo is one of those players in the €3-5m value range who might be able to help out, but doesn’t look like a long-term solution.
As of this morning, some sort of move for Caicedo looks to be on, but is not finalized yet.