VILLARREAL SECURE GALCA SIGNING
By Stuart James and Jonny Owen
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Both Tottenham Hotspur and Glasgow Rangers had wanted the Romanian midfielder, who is available on a free transfer in the summer, but he has agreed terms with Villarreal and will join them in the summer.
De Lucas (pictured) is currently on loan in France with Paris Saint Germain and the 22-year-old has always maintained his plan is to return to Espanyol in the summer. However, he is ambitious and may be tempted to join the Villarreal revolution.
Argentinian Scaloni, 23, does not occupy the place of a foreigner as he has an Italian passport and after falling out of favour at Deportivo, both club and player would benefit from his sale.
But as he has one year left on his contract, he may want to wait and cash in on a Bosman free at the end of next season if Espanyol fail to extend the deal.
They are also close to agreeing terms with Valladolid for former Real Madrid defender Jose Antonio Garcia Calvo.
Meanwhile, Galca has also withdrawn from the Romanian squad for their two World Cup qualifiers next month fuelling rumours of a clash with Romanian coach Ladislau Boloni.
"Galca sent us a fax announcing he would not be available for either of the matches," Boloni confirmed. "He refrained from explaining why."
He becomes the fourth big-name Romanian to quit International football in the last year after Gheorghe Hagi, Gheorghe Popescu and Dan Petrescu before him.