Transfer news


11 Jan 2012
The Spanish clubs need reinforcements, but the lack of money and financial problems are delaying the operations. So far only three Primera clubs have already made a move, while things are more “liquid” at Segunda División.

The major part of the Spanish clubs were hoping for the arrival of the winter transfer window as almost everyone was urged in reinforcing their squads ahead of the second half of the league tournaments, but the true is that the financial crisis is freezing or at least delaying the transfers or loan operations.

A report presented by Sportpaper Marca was giving the view that fifteen of the twelve clubs at Primera División are willing to make at least one incorporation within the first month of 2012, but the true is that until this day only three clubs have made a move; the most highlighted transfer has been the move back of winger José Antonio Reyes from Atlético Madrid to Sevilla CF.

The other two moves hardly appeared in the newspapers; the first was the arrival of Chilean left-back Matías Campos Toro to Granada CF, while the other was the transfer of Belgian striker Marvin Ogunjimi to RCD Mallorca. The rest of clubs are just waiting to see what they could get within the last twenty days of the transfer windows –it closes its doors on January 31-

Things have been busier at Segunda División as eleven transfers were already registered at Liga Adelante, however all the moves made so far were completed by clubs fighting to avoid the relegation. It doesn’t mean that the clubs at the top aren’t thinking of signings, just that the bottom teams are more desperate to complete their operations as soon as possible.

Girona CF is the club that has made more signings so far: 4. The Catalans are in panic as they can’t leave the pit and they already completed the arrivals of Argentine midfielder Matías Ballini, striker Oscar Díaz, Cameroonian centre midfielder Emmanuel Frack Omgba and central defender Dani Erencia.

Another team in troubles is last place Gimnástic Tarragona, the Catalans already secured two loan deals: Celta’s winger Dani Abalo and Athletic’s striker Mikel Orbegozo. Depor’s next rival, SD Huesca, has made the signing of side defender José Antonio Llamas; Meanwhile FC Cartagena completed the signing of Uruguayan striker Nicolás Raimondi.

Recreativo de Huelva has secured the arrival of side defender Fernando Vega; 20-year-old promising midfielder Fernando Barrientos has gone from Argentine Lanus to Villarreal B; finally CE Sabadell has completed the signing of Tenerife’s midfielder Antonio Hidalgo. In resume seven of the last nine clubs at the standings have made the 100% of the signings at Segunda.

What about the rest? Perhaps they are lest desperate and prefer to wait to get what they truly need. It’s the case of Deportivo, as president Lendoiro explained to reporters after the latest win at the Riazor, ”If there’s a player that can improve what we already have, then we would think in bringing him in. In any case, we don’t have any particular target, a defined player, so we will have to wait.”

”If a player appears and if he surpass what we already have, the better, but our current squad is the best at Segunda and we trust on them, still the competition is too long. We all are aware of the positions that we could reinforce. We all thought that the sides at defense were well covered and now we only have two men available, and before we thought of discarding one as we had five men for the job.” Depor’s boss added.



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