Minimum winter market: closes with only 32 signings

LaLiga clubs have carried out almost half the operations of a year ago. Expenditure falls by 110 million and income is reduced by € 69M.


In times of crisis, investment plummets. This is evidenced by the behavior of the clubs in the winter market that has just closed. In LaLiga, almost half of the operations have been registered and 84.34% less spending than a year ago. There is no money. Neither to buy nor for other teams to sign the players they want to start. And therein lies the problem, with LaLiga's vigilance on the account of the clubs they must comply with the popular saying: "Let out before entering. And without sales there can be no signings.

LaLiga registers the lowest figures in the last decade in the winter market, just before the economic boom of the clubs due to the centralized sale of TV rights. The expense was 20.45 million euros, € 110.15 million less than a year ago. It is the lowest investment in the month of January since the 2012-13 campaign (€ 13.7M). Gone are the galactic signings at this point in the season for 160 million euros as Barcelona disbursed for Coutinho in 2018. This year the most expensive purchase has been that of Carlos Fernández, for which Real Sociedad has paid 10 million (plus two possible in variables), to Sevilla. A transfer sixteen times lower than that of Coutinho. They are the effects of COVID-19. Only five other teams have dared to take out their wallets to strengthen themselves in this transfer window: Sevilla (Papu Gómez, € 6M), Villarreal (Capoue, 2), Getafe (1.25 due to the transfer of Kubo), Atlético (Moussa Dembélé, 1) and Celta (Augusto Solari, 0.2). The rest of the 32 registrations in this market were at zero cost.

The ones that have strengthened the most have been the clubs that have been scared in the first round, looking very close to the relegation places. As is the case with Valencia (it has incorporated Ferro, Cutrone, Piccini and Oliva), Getafe (Kubo, Aleñá and Chakla) and Celta (Ferreyra, Solari and Aaron Martín). On the other hand, four teams have not been reinforced: Real Madrid, Barcelona, Levante and Athletic.

Regarding the departures section, the figures are also negative. Only 21.25 million euros were entered, € 68.65M less than a year ago and the lowest figure since the 2011-12 campaign (€ 14.2M). The club that has left the most players has been Cádiz (Adekanye, Sergio González, Nano Mesa, Álvaro Giménez and Bodigoer). They are followed by Getafe (Chichizola, Diaby, Palaversa and Mollejo), Elche (Koné, Miño, Lucumí and Rodríguez), Atlético (Manu Sánchez, Saponjic and Diego Costa) and Eibar (Damian Kadzior, José Antonio Martínez and Olabe). Real Madrid had to say goodbye to Jovic, who is going to Eintracht, and Odegaard, to Arsenal. The Norwegian asked to leave after having a few minutes in the white club. Another who has also wanted to leave but has not had interesting offers to leave Concha Espina has been Isco. Another change that did not come true was that of Vitolo. Villarreal was interested in him, but there was no agreement to leave Atlético.

In total, 71 transactions have been carried out in the LaLiga transfer market. Much less than last year, which registered 102. We will have to wait to see the frantic market closings and big names again. It will not be, at least, until the fans fill the stadium stands again and the clubs recover a part of their income and can breathe economically.

The movements of the last day

Ferreyra reinforces the Celta attack until June. The forward arrives free after terminating his contract with Benfica. Okay left on loan to West Brom of the Premier until the end of the season.

Olaza arrives at Valladolid on loan and until the end of the season. The defender comes from Celta, where he has played the last three seasons, although he belongs to Boca Juniors.

Valencia reached an agreement with Italian Cagliari to incorporate Christian Oliva. The Uruguayan arrives on loan and the team that has a non-mandatory purchase option. In Levante Koke Vegas left the granota goal to go on loan to Mallorca.

Yassin Fekir, Nabil Fekir's brother, who currently played for Betis Deportivo, now has a first-team record. With the Verdiblanco subsidiary he has played it all, scoring two goals.

Quina landed in Granada on loan from Watford. The midfielder is the European Under-17 and Under-19 champion with Portugal. Azeez also left, bound for Cartagena. In return, Adrián Marín arrived at the last minute and on the horn to Los Cármenes, coming from Alavés.

Idrissi leaves on loan to Ajax until the end of the season and on loan. The Moroccan winger has not found continuity in Sevilla and returns to a league that he already knows.

Barça and Nice agreed on the loan of Todibo until the end of the season. The defender was currently at Benfica (also on loan). The French team takes over the card.

Elche was the team that moved the most on the last market day. In the last minutes, Gazzaniga arrived, on loan from Tottenham and withdrew Lucumí, Diego Rodríguez, Sánchez Miño and Koné.

Córdoba changes of scene. The Athletic midfielder will play on loan at Alavés until the end of the season. He goes looking for opportunities (he has only played three games) .

Osasuna and Girona signed an agreement for the incorporation of Ramalho to the Pamplona team. The central, who has experience in Primera, arrives on loan (with purchase option) .

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