The La Liga summer window is usually filled with some massive transfers. Not this time though.
Aside from Miralem Pjanic’s bizarre, big money move to Barcelona, clubs have been surprisingly reserved in their business. Real Madrid haven’t even bought anyone. No one. Nada.
That’s not to say that the summer transfer window was completely without intrigue though. Here are ten of the best deals to get excited about this season.
- Francis Coquelin to Villarreal (£6m)
No club has benefited more from Valencia’s shock fire sale this summer than Villarreal. A fine example of this is the Yellow Submarine’s purchase of Francis Coquelin for just £6m.
Although the midfielder has his detractors, even Chris Deeley would struggle to argue that this is not ridiculously good value.
- Sergino Dest to Barcelona (£19m)
After some absolute shockers in recent years, could the arrival of Sergino Dest mark a change in Barcelona’s luck in the transfer market?
The fact that the Blaugrana managed to beat Bayern Munich in the race for his signature, seems to suggest so. Die Roten rarely make a recruitment misstep and their interest in Dest is encouraging for Barca fans.
The 19-year-old seems to possess all the qualities required for a top class full-back and it will be interesting to see how he kicks on from here.
- Lucas Torreira to Atletico Madrid (Loan)
Lucas Torreira is fiery, hard working and incredibly disciplined – three attributes that should seem him settle in at Atletico Madrid right away.
Losing Thomas Partey was always going to be a blow for Diego Simeone, but in Torreira El Cholo has a player who can play a similar role.
Although the loan deal does not include an option to buy clause, we would not be surprised if the Uruguayan ended up making the Spanish capital his new long-term home at the end of the season.
- Takefusa Kubo to Villarreal (Loan)
After an extremely encouraging season on loan with RCD Mallorca, Real Madrid prospect Takefusa Kubo will spend the 2020/2021 with Villarreal.
Expectations are high for the versatile forward and Los Blancos will be hoping he pushes on under the tutelage of experienced manager Unai Emery. The deal makes sense for both parties and we are looking forward to seeing how he develops as the season progresses.
- Oscar Rodriguez to Sevilla (£12m)
A graduate of Real Madrid’s youth academy, like many before him Oscar Rodriguez struggled to force his way into Los Blancos’ first team setup.
After two fruitful seasons on loan at Leganes, the Spaniard has finally severed times with his boyhood club, agreeing terms with Sevilla in the summer.
Julen Lopetegui’s side has one of the meanest defences in European football but adding Rodriguez to their ranks gives them a much need dose of invention going forward.
- Marc Cucurella to Getafe (£9m)
He may not look like it but Marc Cucurella is just 22 years old. The bushy haired left-back seriously impressed on loan at Getafe last season and it’s no surprise that the club opted to make the move permanent in the summer.
The deal cost the Madrid-based overachievers just £9m – excellent value for a player of his considerable talent.
The flying full-back was loosely linked with Leicester and Chelsea last season and José Bordalás will be hoping he helps inspire his side to a top six finish.
- Ivan Rakitic to Sevilla (£1m)
Unfairly scapegoated towards the end of his Barcelona career, Rakitic still has a great deal to offer any La Liga side.
He ended up returning home to Sevilla in the summer, where he previously enjoyed a spell between 2011 and 2014.
Earmarked as the replacement for the departing Éver Banega, the Croatian is set to play a key creative role for Los Palanganas this season.
- Dani Parejo to Villarreal (Free)
Of all the first team players that crisis club Valencia let go in the summer, Dani Parejo’s absence is likely to be most harshly felt.
The long time club captain made 282 La Liga appearances during his time at the club, helping Los Ches win the Copa del Rey in 2019.
Valencia’s loss is set to be Villarreal’s gain with the vastly experienced playmaker set to be pulling the strings in eastern Spain this season.
- David Silva to Real Sociedad (Free)
How do you solve a problem like losing Martin Odegaard? Easy. Just sign David Silva.
The Manchester City star seemed set to join Lazio this summer, only for Real Sociedad to swoop in and secure the playmaker on a free transfer at the last minute.
Silva may be 34 years old but on the evidence of last season, he’s still got plenty to offer.
- Luis Suarez to Atletico Madrid (Free)
Let’s not beat around the bush: Luis Suarez remains one of the best centre-forwards on the planet and signing him on a free transfer is incredible business from Atletico Madrid.
One thing Los Rojiblancos lacked last season was a reliable goalscorer with Antoine Griezmann’s absence being harshly felt.
They have that now in Suarez. Is this the move that makes Simeone’s side title contenders again? Who knows, but the early signs are encouraging.
Edited by Tiyani wa ka Mabasa