Coach José Rojo Martín, known as Pacheta, has made it clear that one of his first wishes as the new coach of Villarreal is to have striker Rafa Mir in his squad. This is not the first time that Pacheta and Mir have been linked, as the coach had the striker under his command during his time at Huesca and had previously tried to sign him for Real Valladolid.
Rafa Mir, 26, ends his contract with Sevilla in the summer of 2027 and has had a good start to the season in LaLiga, scoring one goal in three games played. Villarreal would be interested in signing him during the winter transfer window.
The first signing that Pacheta demanded from Villarreal
The need to strengthen the attacking line is obvious for Villarreal and Sevilla’s willingness to allow Mir to leave in the winter could pave the way for this transfer. Although Mir was close to joining Valencia and Mallorca in the past, none of these options materialized, which, according to Todo Fichajes, now opens the door for his possible arrival at the Yellow Submarine.
The history between Pacheta and Rafa Mir is a key factor in this possible signing, as the striker reached his best version under Pacheta’s guidance in Huesca. With the opportunity to regain prominence and maintain an attractive sporting project, Mir would welcome the opportunity to work again with the coach who influenced his development so much.
Given Mir’s long-term contract with Sevilla, Villarreal could consider requesting his loan with an option to buy, which would facilitate the deal without requiring a significant outlay in January. The player’s willingness to move to Villarreal is clear and this move could set the stage for the future, especially with Morales’ contract coming to an end at the end of this season.
The arrival of Rafa Mir at Villarreal would be an important reinforcement for the team and would give Pacheta a greater offensive guarantee, while the striker would look to develop as a footballer in an environment where he has proven his worth.