This is how the market has changed: from € 1,266 to € 222M in one year

The coronavirus prevents clubs from making heavy investments and planning is postponed until the final end of the campaign. The strip will close on October 5.


The coronavirus has markedly changed the world of football in all its aspects. LaLiga had to be resolved expressly, the third promotion to the First Division is not yet known, non-professional football hangs by a thread, the start dates are unknown, the Champions is played at headquarters and a single match ... AND the signings are no longer what they were. Most clubs had to resort to an ERTE or a significant salary reduction for the squads, which will prevent them this season from making heavy investments in strengthening their cast. So much so that the market bubble aimed to pay figures close to 250 million sooner rather than later and now exchanges and transfers are gaining strength. AS made a report on August 16, which recounted the record of spending in Spain with a total investment of € 1,266M. A year later, only 222 million are computed in payments. 365 days, one billion difference.

In addition, the figure of 222 million euros computed by the Transfermarkt portal is somewhat misleading. For example, the 60 million of the transfer of Pjanic are added, although this has been an exchange with Arthur, with payment in between to balance accounts. Also the € 56M of Álvaro Morata, who becomes a player owned by Atlético de Madrid officially this summer, although the execution of the purchase option had already been confirmed. Of course, the strange circumstance of Covid-19 will expand the strip of the summer market until next October 5. Despite this, there are no galactics on the table. One of the men most singled out for moving a dizzying figure in the winter market was Lautaro Martínez, but his hiring has been losing steam as the weeks went by.

Neymar, Mbappé or Paul Pogba, kings of the sports covers of last summer, will not arrive in 2020 either, except for a capital surprise. In the case of the two PSG stars, they are still in pools, but more with their sights set on 2021-22. Another example of what the market has changed is the case of Parejo and Francis Coquelin. Both have been capitals in Valencia this season and have a high enough status to move a significant number in the summer window. However, it will not. According to AS has been reporting, Valencia and Villarreal are very close to closing an agreement that pacts the sale of the two midfielders to the 'Yellow Submarine' for a figure of less than 10 million !! Something unthinkable years ago became viable due to the economic crisis suffered by the clubs.

A problem for the newly promoted

As it happens every year, the teams that go up from Second to First Division lose a significant number of transfers and require a staff of guarantees to maintain the category. Huesca, for example, plans to make ten signings. Of course, time is running out and the date scheduled in the first instance of September 12 as the beginning of the new season has not yet been completely ruled out. Be that as it may, they must make a strong investment or deal with law firms to achieve renowned assignments in record time. Huesca and Cádiz have at least the endorsement of having sealed their promotion directly. Girona, Zaragoza, Elche or Almería will play against the clock to create a 'roster' of the LaLiga Santander level.

What about Real Madrid?

Madrid moved more than 350 million euros in purchases last summer to try to strengthen the team after the disastrous campaign without Cristiano Ronaldo as operations commander. This is how Hazard, Jovic, Militao, Mendy, Reinier arrived in winter ... Men like Marcos Llorente and Raúl de Tomás also came out. A market with a lot of movement, without a doubt. It looks like this one will be different. Names like Camavinga or Haaland have sounded, although everything indicates that they will not arrive for this season. On the contrary, the club will play back loaners such as Lunin or Odriozola and will seek to make money with men from the house such as Óscar Rodríguez, Borja Mayoral or the already sold Achraf Hakimi. Will the white box end with zero spending euros in the month of October?Only five clubs exceed ten million in spending

In the aforementioned report by AS at this point last year, only five First Division teams did not reach ten million in spending. This campaign, quite the opposite: five surpassed it. Curiously, Getafe, Granada, Mallorca, Valladolid and Athletic were the ones that did not reach the marked figure and, now, the first two are two of the five that do. Those from Bordalás have made the purchase option for Cucurella effective, while the Nasrid club has done the same with Gonalons and Foulquier and has bet heavily on the impudence of Luis Milla.

Atlético de Madrid, due to the fact that Morata's purchase enters the 2020-21 accounts, also exceeds that mark. Barcelona, the same, for the purchases of Trincao, Pjanic, Fernandes or the payment of Pedri. The remaining investor is Sevilla, with the execution of Suso's purchase option. Villarreal will join shortly, once the purchases of Coquelin and Parejo are made official. Close by, for example, Cádiz, with € 9.40m spent in its attempt to establish itself in the elite of Spanish football.Investment in LaLiga 2020-21

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