Yah last year was a breakthrough year for them. They are going to be a midtable team next year. And I don't know what you're talking about when you say "can they avoid relegation next season"... of course they can.
But the rumors of Barca and Zaragoza wanting him were true, Alaves and Zaragoza were apparently very close to agreeing to a price while Barca was suppsed to have signed him, but I dunno what happend to that. But I think Alaves raised the price at the last moment.
Tricolor pina la moarte!