This was the Second Market market

Doing more with less was the maxim of the majority of Spanish LaLiga Smartbank clubs during this transfer market.


Doing more with less was the maximum of most of the Spanish LaLiga Smartbank clubs during this transfer market that ends this Tuesday, with up to a dozen transfers per club but barely 20 million spending between all teams, more than half accumulated in a single club: Almería. The almost 12 million disbursed by the Saudi entity Turki Al-Sheikh, according to data compiled by the specialized website Transfermarkt, make the whole of Almería the one that has invested the most in this summer market, in search of achieving the long-awaited promotion that in the two previous seasons they were in the 'playoff'. Forced by ambition and budget to try again for promotion, Almería has spent that amount on signing Portuguese pivot Samu Costa (Bragas) and Barça youth player Sergio Akieme, as well as signing the return to Spanish football of Portuguese central defender Daniel Carriço , former of Sevilla who arrives free from Chinese Wuhan, and receives on loan to Serdjan Babic (Red Star), among his many movements.

Girona, who was on the verge of promotion last season, has signed the returns of David Juncá (Celta) and Aleix García (Eibar), in addition to the loan of the Spanish youth squad Pol Lozano and the loan of the young Argentine Darío Sarmiento ( Manchester City), but his greatest success is retaining Uruguayan striker Christian Stuani one more season. Among those aspiring to return to LaLiga Santander as soon as possible, Huesca signed the Paraguayan Isidro Pita (Olimpia) as attacking reinforcement and strengthened his defense with the Argentine Julio Buffarini (Boca Juniors) and the French Florian Miguel (Nimes) .

With the same objective, Valladolid ensured the continuity of Uruguayan Lucas Olaza by paying for his transfer to Boca Juniors and added Madrid youth squad Hugo Vallejo and striker Cristo González, from Italian Udinese. Those of Ronaldo Nazario made a cash with the 8.5 million of Valencia for the Brazilian Marcos André and at the last minute they signed Sergio León (Levante) and the Ecuadorian Gonzalo Plata. Eibar, back to LaLiga Smartbank after seven years of savoring the highest category of Spanish football, has starred in a dozen movements, of which the Almería signings of the French Yanis Rahmani, José Corpas and Ager Aketxe, the arrival of the Real Madrid youth squad Franchu, Xabi Etxeita (Getafe) and Argentine striker Gustavo Blanco Leschuk (Antalyaspor) .

In that group of applicants, Sporting de Gijón has signed the return of goalkeeper Iván 'Pichu' Cuéllar, who arrives free from Leganés, the arrival of Christian Rivera (Las Palmás) from Gijón and the loan of Panamanian José Luis Rodríguez 'Puma' ( Alavés), Fran Villalba (Birmingham), Juan Berrocal (Seville) and the Ukrainian Vasyl Kravets (Leganés) .

A market at zero cost

In a pandemic economy, reinforcing at zero cost is a plus. This is the case of the brand new leader of LaLiga Smartbank, the Ponferradina directed by Jon Pérez Bolo and undefeated in the three games played, who signed a dozen players without paying a euro. Among them, the Iranian goalkeeper Amir Abedzadeh (Marítimo) and the attackers Edu Espiau (Las Palmas), Dani Ojeda (Alcorcón) and José Naranjo (Tenerife) Among those operations at zero cost, the continuity in the Unión Deportiva Las Palmas de Jonathan Viera stands out , that the arrivals to Zaragoza of Álvaro Giménez and Nano Mesa from Cádiz definitively disassociated themselves from Beijing Guoang; the signings of Pedro León (Eibar) and the Portuguese Nuno Pina (Chievo Verona) for Fuenlabrada; and the passage from Huesca to Cartagena by the Japanese Shinji Okazaki and the Uruguayan Gastón Silva.

A recently promoted with a good debut, UD Ibiza, signed the continuity of its forward Sergio Castel (Atlético), obtained the loan of the Polish Mateusz Bogusz (Leeds) and acquired expert players who arrive free such as Pape Diop (Eibar), Miguel Cifuentes (Elche), Alejandro Gálvez (who returns to Spain after playing in Qatar) or the Argentine Gonzalo Escobar, who arrives from Colón in his country. In a curious coincidence, UD Ibiza signed Juan Ibiza (Almería) .

They were also reinforced without spending so many other clubs, such as Mirandés, Zaragoza, Málaga, Fuenlabrada, Cartagena, Alcorcón, Lugo, Leganés or the recently promoted Amorebieta and Burgos.

Yes, Tenerife did disburse some amount for Rubén Díez (Castellón), Oviedo for the Slovakian Erik Jirka (Red Star) in addition to the free arrival of Borja Bastón (Leganés) or the Royal Society to incorporate the Slovakian Peter Pokorny, from the Red Bull Salzburg, in addition to receiving the Atlético Germán Valera youth squad on loan. The transfer of the Uruguayan Gastón Brugman from Italian Parma to Oviedo was the last operation in this market.

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