Rodrigo's collapsed move to Atletico Madrid enhances Valencia's prospects of competing in the Champions League, according to boss Marcelino.
Real Madrid start their LaLiga campaign at Celta Vigo on Saturday and Gareth Bale, James Rodriguez and Luka Jovic could all play a part.
Real Madrid may be without new signing Eden Hazard until September after confirming an injury for the Belgium star.
Real Madrid's pre-season has been typically hectic but Zinedine Zidane was in a relaxed mood ahead of their LaLiga opener at Celta Vigo.
Gareth Bale returned to action for Real Madrid last week and Zinedine Zidane has challenged the winger "to make things difficult" for him.
Mathias Pogba does not think Real Madrid will pay €200million to sign his brother Paul from Manchester United.
Barcelona, Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid come into focus as we use Opta data to preview the new LaLiga season.
We round up the front and back pages across Europe, as Friday sees the transfer rumour mill crank into gear once again.
Ernesto Valverde indicated the Barcelona captain would miss Friday's game and Lionel Messi is not in the squad to face Athletic Bilbao.
PSG sporting director Leonardo accepts Neymar's future is unresolved but has denied reports about the Brazil forward's fitness.