Javi Sanchez was secured by Real Valladolid via a loan deal this past summer. An injury to his ankle in preseason and the emergence of Mohammed Salisu has left the former Canterano with just the meager one appearance to his name. He has yet to debut in La Liga for his new club.
Despite the lack of game-time, Real Valladolid have pressed forward and are finalizing negotiations with Real Madrid for the permanent transfer of the 23-year-old center back. According to a report in MARCA, the fee will be around €4 or €5 million with Madrid retaining a buy-back option as well as a percentage of any future sale. Mohammed Salisu is expected to leave this summer with strong interest from both Rennes and Atletico Madrid. Thus, club president Ronaldo Nazario and coach Sergio likely see Javi Sanchez as the direct replacement for the Ghanaian.
With 11 games remaining and five substitutions now available, it will be interesting to see if Javi Sanchez is afforded any game time. The defender would be the first player sold by Real Madrid in the summer transfer market as the club look to bring in funds from sales before they themselves delve into the market.