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10 Sep 2012
In three of the last four seasons Deportivo haven’t invested anything in the signing of players; instead it only hired players on zero-cost transfers or signed loan spells with other clubs. The tendency continues as the club prefers to erase the debt.

One more time Deportivo La Coruña has built up a team to compete in la liga without spending anything in the transfer market; instead the Galician club signed a free agent and also completed eight loan deals with six different clubs. This is a record at Deportivo as never before the club had so many loan deals signed for one single season.

The fact of been signing loans may look like a novelty for the fans, but it shouldn’t be strange as Deportivo have avoided to pay for transfer in three of the last four summer windows; it’s the same medicine, but with a different taste.

What’s happening is that president Lendoiro is prioritizing the elimination of the debt and has declared that the club might be ready to pay for a transfer in two years. So, without enough resources for now the reinforcements must come in other ways; in previous years the solution was to get free agents, but since the relegation to Segunda Depor’s boss preferred to get quality players through loan deals and complex operations with Jorge Mendes.

Within the last four seasons Deportivo have completed 27 signings and only once it pay a final transfer. It was during the campaign 2011/12 and it was a unique case as the club paid €250,000 for a part of the rights over winger Bruno Gama. The exact percentage of the player’s rights owned by Depor wasn’t revealed, just that the other part belongs to Gestifute, the company of Mendes. The rest of signings were seventeen loans and nine free transfers.

About the releases from the squad, things have been changing in recent years; before the club was getting important incomes for the transfer of its players, between the years 2005 and 2011 the club got €56.5 million in ten transfers; among them the exit of Luque to Newcastle United (2005, €14 million), Jorge Andrade to Juventus (2007, €12 million) and Filipe Luis to Atletico Madrid (2010, €13.5 million).

But within the last two campaigns the club hasn’t collected anything with the exit of players, since 2011 fourteen players have left the first team and the treasury didn’t int. What has happened is that the club is trying to sign shortest contracts in order to avoid bigger debts; in this sense the club is now offering three-year deals instead of five-year contracts; and as result 12 of the 14 exits in the period were players ending contract, including Andrés Guardado and Diego Colotto, two players for whom the club paid €9.5 million
The operations of Deportivo during the summer window 2011/12:

André Santos, signed on loan from Sporting CP
Pizzi, signed on loan from Atletico Madrid
Evaldo, signed on loan from Sporting CP
Abel Aguilar, signed on loan from Hércules
Roderick Miranda, signed on loan from SL Benfica
Nélson Oliveira, signed on loan from Benfica
Javier Camuñas, signed on loan from Villarreal
Carlos Marchena, signed for free from Villarreal
Tiago Pinto, signed on loan from Rio Ave

Andrés Guardado, out of contract (now at Valencia CF)
Pablo Álvarez, out of contract (CD Lugo)
Lassad Nouioui, out of contract (Celtic FC)
Claudio Morel, out of contract (Independiente)
Diego Colotto, out of contract (RCD Espanyol)
Raul Garcia, out of contract (UD Almeria)
Xisco, loan contract Newcastle United)
David Rochela,, loaned to Racing Santander



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