Coach José Rojo Martín, known as Pacheta, has made it clear that one of his first wishes as Villarreal’s new coach is to have forward Rafa Mir in his squad. This is not the first time that Pacheta and Mir have been linked, as the coach had the forward under his command during his time at Huesca, and 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 La Liga, scoring a 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 reinforce the attacking line is evident for Villarreal, and Sevilla’s willingness to allow Mir to leave in the winter market could pave the way for this transfer. Although Mir was close to joining Valencia and Mallorca in the past, none of those options materialized, which now opens the door to his possible arrival at the yellow submarine, according to Todo Fichajes.
The history between Pacheta and Rafa Mir is a key factor in this possible signing since the forward reached his best version under the direction of Pacheta at Huesca. With the opportunity to regain prominence and maintain an attractive sporting project, Mir would welcome the possibility of working 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 operation without requiring a significant outlay in January. The player’s willingness to join Villarreal is clear, and this move could set the stage for the future, especially given the imminent end of Morales’ contract at the end of this season.
The arrival of Rafa Mir to Villarreal would be an important reinforcement for the team and would provide Pacheta with greater guarantee in the offensive aspect, while the forward would seek to continue growing as a footballer in an environment in which he has proven his worth.