Official: Espanyol strengthens with Tonny Vilhena

Official: Espanyol strengthens with Tonny Vilhena

Everything indicated that Espanyol’s winter market was going to be quiet, especially in terms of signings. However, the departure of Álvaro Vadillo on loan to Málaga made it possible to release some of the wage bill so that some incorporation could be undertaken. The blue and white sports management has moved quickly and the chosen one has been Tonny Vilhena. The midfielder arrives on loan from Russian Krasnodar and with a non-compulsory purchase option. This Tuesday, the presentation at 12:30 p.m.

The interest in the Dutchman became known when the journalist Martijn Krabbendam revealed it. Even so, the link between Vilhena and the blue and white entity is not surprising, since in previous years the club already probed his signing.

At just 27 years old, the footballer has developed a large part of his career in midfield, although in recent times he has played as a left-back. In fact, he is considered to have a long way to go and the coaching staff sees him as a versatile reinforcement. with which it is intended to shore up the extreme position, one of the weakest for Vicente Moreno.

Vilhena, trained at Feyenoord, played for the Dutch team from 2012 to 2019. At that time, Krasnodar took over his services after paying 9 million euros. The footballer has played 13 games this season in the Russian Premier League, where he has scored two goals and one assist. He is a player with a leading role in Krasnodar, who is now going through the winter break and that is why he has been able to contemplate his departure. Precisely this downtime is an aspect that can make his first days under Moreno’s orders difficult. Vilhena has not competed since last December 5, so you will need acclimatization time in every way.

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Except for surprise, no further movements are expected in this window despite the fact that from Cádiz a yellow interest is pointed out in Nany Dimata. The Cadiz team, who dreamed of taking over the services of Luuk de Jong, is looking for gunpowder for their attack and ‘La Voz Digital’ reported a Cadista approach, although both Espanyol and the player have said ‘no’ to the operation.