LaLiga earns money at the cost of losing talent in a pyrrican winter market
The Premier League has been, by far, the competition that has invested the most money in transfers in this winter market.
Well, completed on February 1 (or September, it doesn’t matter in this case) the process of reviewing the evidence, having verified that in winter it is cold and that the rain is wet, it is time to go into detail. The close to 800 million that English clubs have spent In this month of January they do not resist any comparison, but it happens that, in this case, LaLiga is not even located in the leading positions in this section.
January ends with just 30 million euros spent by the clubs of the Spanish First Division. According to the data collected by Transfermarkt, it is the seventh league in the world in spendingbehind the Argentine and the American and at the level of the Russian or the Second English.
LaLiga, yes, has entered about 43 kilos, almost 80% of them from the transfer of Joao Félix to Chelsea (valued at about 11), the transfer of Álex Moreno to Aston Villa (13.5) and that of Rulli to Ajax (8). And so indubitable is that the main Spanish competition has won money, around 13 million, in the winter market that closed last midnight as he has lost talent. And not little.
Only seven transfers
The departures of these footballers have barely been compensated by cache footballers. There have only been seven transfers with money involved: César Montes (8 million) and José Gragera (2.8) to Espanyol, Abner to Betis (7), Tsygankov to Girona (5), Memphis Depay to Atlético (3, to Barça), Chris Ramos (2) Youba Diarra to Cádiz (1.1) and Amallah to Valladolid (1). In total, adding some paid assignment, about 30 million euros, only slightly above the first winter market after the start of the pandemicthat of the 2020/21 season.
The last day hardly served as a boost in this facet. Real Madrid, as it was more than announced, did not move, it has not done so in the whole month, neither to let out nor to let in. Barça, for their part, made a minor move: they transferred Héctor Bellerín to Sporting de Portugal. Also, finally managed to register Gavi as a first team playerafter a judge cautiously forced LaLiga to do so.
Atlético, for its part, signed full-back Matt Doherty on loan after releasing Felipe, bound for Nottingham Forest for about two million. A few weeks ago he signed Barcelona player Depay for three million as a remedy for the departures of Joao Félix and Cunha.
Sevilla, very needy sportingly but drowned financially, He has had to settle for the transfers of Bryan Gil and Gueye, in addition to the already known Badé and the return of Ocampos after his strange loan to Ajax. Betis got Ayoze on loan, after Villarreal (who have not signed anyone despite losing Rulli and Danjuma) dropped out of the bid after seeing Nico Jackson’s transfer to Bournemouth frustrated. Denis Suárez, Gragera (both at Espanyol), Ayoze Pérez (Betis) and Seferovic (Celta) were other names in a final stretch of the market without much chicha.
350 million from Chelsea
In global terms, Chelsea has been the king of this market, with a huge investment of around 350 million euros after spending another 300 in summer. The icing on the cake was last night the signing of Enzo Fernandezcoming from Benfica for 120.
The Premier (which has 27 of the 30 most expensive signings on the world market) also experienced other important last minute movements, such as the arrival of Jorginho to Arsenal from Chelsea (11.5 kilos), Pedro Porro’s to Tottenham from Sporting de Portugal (40) or the transfer of Joao Cancelo to Bayern, after having clashed with his coach at Manchester City, Pep Guardiola.
In addition, the international Diego Llorente signed for Roma on loan. Isco, for his part, is still without a team after his agreement with Union Berlin was frustrated.
All the signings of LaLiga
Seville: Gueye, Bryan Gil, Badé and Ocampos.
Athletic: Depay and Doherty.
Betis: Abner and Ayoze.
Elche: Magallan, Nteka and Carmona.
Spanish: Montes, Denis Suárez, Pierre-Gabriel and Gragera.
Majorca: Augustinsson, Morlanes and Hadzikadunic.
Cadiz: Diarra, Escalante, Meré, Guardiola, Chris Ramos and Roger Martí.
Almeria: Mariño and Luis Suárez.
Valladolid: Machís, Amallah, Hongla, Jovan Cabral and Larin.
Girona: Tsygankov and Callens.
The rest of the clubs have not signed any player.
Source of data and images: elperiodico