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LaLiga looks at the pocket in the winter transfer window

Neither the return of the public to the stadiums nor the injection of money from CVC have so far allowed LaLiga to recover its traditional strength in the transfer market. The winter window of this season closed on Monday night with a total investment of around 70 million euros

among the 20 First Division clubs. A misleading amount, given that 55 of them, close to 80% of the total, correspond to the hiring of Ferran Torres by Barcelona.

The following in the list are the signings of Reinildo Mandava for Atlético (about 3 kilos), Tecatito Corona for Sevilla (another 3) and Daniel Wass's also for Atlético (2.7), a clear reflection of the economic abstinence with which the Spanish clubs, once again, have faced this market. Njegos Petrovic, Myrto Uzuni and Matías Arezo to Granada and Eray Cömert to Valencia complete the list of transfers with money involved that have reached the First Division in the last month.

Slight recovery

The total amount of nearly 70 kilos triples that of the previous winter market, but is still far from the figures prior to the arrival of the covid in our lives: 151 million in 2020, 96 in 2019, 298 in 2018… Since the summer of 2019, LaLiga has not ranked among the two in the world that has made the most investment in a market.

The aggregate of data, pick up Spinned by Transfermarkt, of the four markets that have opened since the start of the pandemic (summers of 2020 and 2021 and winters of 2021 and 2022) they show that LaLiga is at the bottom of the five major European leagues in terms of investment.

Those around 785 million euros (always in estimated data) invested by the Spanish clubs are slightly below the 842 of the German Bundesliga and the 913 of the French Ligue 1. And very far from the 1,672 in the Italian Serie A and especially from the 3,184 in the Premier League


Abstinence from Real Madrid in recent markets helps to explain part of this reality, given that the white club has only paid 31 million euros in transfers since the beginning of the pandemic, all of them destined for the hiring of Eduardo Camavinga on the last day of the last summer market.

Mbappé Factor

In the two previous seasons, on the other hand, a total of 518 million euros came out of the Santiago Bernabéu

intended for transfers. In fact, if PSG had accepted the Whites' offer of around 200 kilos for Kylian Mbappé last summer, LaLiga would have comfortably surpassed the numbers of the French and German competitions. But the reality is that he hasn't.

The key to Spain's loss of status in the European market, however, focuses above all on the investment capacity of medium-high level clubs. This month, Everton, Aston Villa, Newcastle, Burnley or Brighton have performed signings above 10 million euros, something that only Barça has done in Spain.

In Italy, Fiorentina has paid 28 million for two players (Ikoné

and Cabral), amount which exceeds that of 19 LaLiga clubs together, although he received around 82 for the striker Dusan Vlahovic, whose signing for Juventus makes him the most expensive footballer in the world in this market.

A '9' for Xavi

second in that list is precisely Ferran, who has reinforced a Barcelona that despite its problems with the salary limit has become the great entertainer of the market. Also from the last day, since he managed to balance the numbers to incorporate Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang with Arsenal's release letter, despite the fact that he failed to release Ousmane Dembélé.

Adama Traoré, also on loan, and Dani Alves with the release letter (that agreement was closed in November) complete the reinforcement poker for Xavi, who is finally left without the left back that he wanted to give respite and competence to Jordi Alba.

Atlético has managed to incorporate Daniel Wass from Valencia to alleviate the departure of Kieran Trippier, suffering from the so common in British football, to Newcastle. For the other side, the left, he has incorporated at the last minute Reinildo Mandava, from Lille.

All transfers

Alaves: Jason, Escalante*, Tenagliaand Manu Vallejo*.Atlético: Wass and Reinildo.

Barça: Alves, Ferran, Adamaand Aubameyang.

Cadiz: Fede*, Alcaraz*, Idrissi*, Luis Hernándezand Lucas Pérez.

Celtic: Orbelin.

Elche: Olaza*, Kike Pérezand Ezequiel Ponce*.

Spanish: Vilhena*.

Getafe: Mayoral*, Villar*, Óscar*, Okayand Gastón*.

Grenade: Petrovic, Arezo and Uzuni.

Levante: Cáceres.

Majorca: Sergio Rico*, Gio González and Muriqi*.

Ray: Sylla *.

Royal Society: Rafinha*.

Seville: Crown and Martial*.

Valencia: Cömert, Ilaixand Bryan Gil*.

Villarreal: Lo Celso*.

Athletic, Betis, Osasuna and Real Madrid: No signings.

*: assignments.

Cascade of assignments

It has been a market, as usual, of recovery for LaLiga in the form of transfer of footballers who at the time chose to go abroad. This has been the case of Giovani Lo Celso (Villarreal), Bryan Gil and Ilaix Moriba (Valencia), Rafinha Alcántara (Real Sociedad) and Sergio Rico (Mallorca).

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Sevilla has also been reinforced with the additions of Tecatito Corona and Anthony Martial, pieces that increase the versatility of Seville's attack. The only four teams that have not added reinforcements in this market are Real Madrid, Athletic, Betis and Osasuna.

Internationally, in addition to those already mentioned, the names of Rodrigo Bentacur and Dejan Kulusevski (Tottenham), Luis Diaz (Liverpool), Bruno Guimaraes (Newcastle), Julián Álvarez (Manchester City), Donny Van de Beek and Dele Alli (Everton), Lucas Digne (Aston Villa) and Christian Eriksen (Brentford) after his cardiac arrest in the European Championship.

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