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UNBALANCE AT THE TRANSFER WINDOW

08 Aug 2014
Only the half of the twenty Primera clubs has paid a transfer in the summer window. And only the top three clubs are gathering the 86% of the total investment. The rest covers the holes with loans and zero-cost transfers.

La liga kick-off in almost two weeks and there are new highs in terms of paid transfers, but as always these amounts are only for the privileged clubs with the money to do it. Barcelona FC, Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid are the forces to dominate the market, to the point that they have paid €341.5 million of the €399 million invested so far (86% of the total). Those are not only the highest amounts in Spain, but also across Europe.

It was a bad year for Barca, they were unable to win a title and their response was to invest €145 million in players, starting with the €81 million paid for striker Luis Suárez, followed by the €20 million  to hire defender Jeremy Mathieu and the €18 million paid for midfielder Ivan Rakitić. And the amount will be bigger as the Catalans are still pending to sign a couple of players, starting with a centre-back (It was reported they are offering €12 million for Arsenal’s Vermaelen).

Real Madrid, despite already winning the Champions League and the Copa del Rey, continues to spend big money and they already used €110 million to only get three players: midfielders James Rodríguez (€70 million) and Toni Kroos (€30 million), plus keeper Keylor Navas (€10 million).

Atlético Madrid is an interesting case, they decided to seize their last great season and sold important players for €72 million (they lost five normal starters). Later they have ended investing €89 million in order to build up a new squad. In this sense they paid €30 million for winger Antoine Griezmann, €22 million for striker Mario Mandzukic and €16 million for goalkeeper Jan Oblakamong others

The rest of clubs are far away from the big spending. Only 7 of the remaining 17 clubs have paid a transfer. Together these clubs have only invested around €50 million so far. Instead the clubs cover their needs with loans and zero cost-transfers.

Real Sociedad is the fourth club with the biggest spending so far, the Basques have been benefited from last year’s money in the Champions League and have paid €23 million in order to reinforce the attacking line. First they assured the continuity of Carlos Vela paying €12 million for the rest of his rights. Later they invested €7.5 million in attacker Alfred Finnbogason and €4 million for offensive midfielder Esteban Granero.

Sevilla CF, another mid-class club in Spain, have only invested €13 million. The major part of the money was used to get midfielder Grzegorz Krychowiak (€5.5 million). The rest was used to reinforce the defense. Alexei Vidal (€3 million), Nicolás Pareja (€2.5 million) and Daniel Carriço (€2 million).

Then it’s possible to find Valencian clubs Villarreal CF and Valencia CF. Both have only invested €6.5 million. In the case of Villarreal they have only paid for two players: goalkeeper Sergio Asenjo (€5 million) and midfielder Jonathan dos Santos (€1.5 million).

It might be surprising to realize that Valencia CF have only invested €6.5 million, but it must be reminded that new owner Peter Lim will officially land at the club until September and, despite he’s already making important decisions, the big investments will be made later. So far they have only paid €6.5 million for midfielder Rodrigo de Paul, while opted in the loans in order to hire keeper Yoel and striker Rodrigo.

The rest of transfers can be considered as “occasional” as the clubs paid in order to get important players for the future. Granada CF paid €2.3 million for right back Dimitri Foulquier, while RCD Espanyol was paying €2.2 million for defender Álvaro Gonzalez and winger Paco Montañes. The list is closed with RC Celta paying €1.5 million for midfielder Pablo Hernández.

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