LaLiga Santander MARCA reviews the business done
Whilst it seems like the 2019/20 LaLiga Santander season ended just yesterday, the new campaign is on the horizon and with the 2020/21 season set to begin, it’s important to look at some of the more eye-catching moves which have taken place this summer.
Fiscal pressures on clubs as a result of the global pandemic have been clear, we’ve seen far less transfer activity than normal and not only because of the fact the window has been open for a smaller period of time.
However, that hasn’t stopped some clubs dipping into the market and ahead of the new campaign we at MARCA have looked at the 10 best signings made in the current transfer window to this point.
Real Madrid recalled the Norwegian playmaker from what was supposed to be a two-year loan with Real Sociedad after a debut season in which he established himself as one of LaLiga Santander’s most creative players.
Zinedine Zidane’s team lacked attacking thrust last term, despite lifting the title, and in Eden Hazard’s absence they could have done with Odegaard.
In 36 matches with La Real he scored seven goals and contributed nine assists, and Zidane already knows what he will bring to the team after having worked with him at Real Madrid Castilla.
Odegaard is the ideal replacement for Luka Modric, and with Los Blancos unable to spend this summer they could have pulled off one of the best deals of the window, albeit one they paid for in 2015.
It seems a lifetime ago that this deal was announced, as Arthur Melo departed Barcelona for Juventus with Miralem Pjanic moving in the opposite direction.
Since then, Los Cules have changed coach, faced a potential legal battle with Lionel Messi and have attempted to cut their squad significantly.
Pjanic will be key to Ronald Koeman’s system though, given the fact he is incredibly reliable in possession.
It’s clear this isn’t a long-term move, but he could help steer Barcelona through the choppy waters that are expected in the 2020/21 season.
Barcelona completed the signing of 31 million euro winger Francisco Trincao back in January, but he wasn’t set to arrive until the summer.
However, Barcelona are now expecting him to contribute right away rather than developing on a loan deal away from the club.
He is similar in style to a raw Cristiano Ronaldo when he joined Manchester United from Sporting CP and he can use either foot comfortably, in addition to being able to play on either flank.
Koeman is known to admire his style of play and could end up utilising Trincao far more than anyone expected.
Another beneficiary of Real Madrid’s loan policy, Oscar Rodriguez is joining a winning project at Sevilla, costing the Andalusian club 13 million euros.
Real Madrid didn’t have any plans for a player who scored nine goals for Leganes last term and were glad to cash in on an academy product.
Oscar himself will look at the progress made by Suso and Sergio Reguilon under Julen Lopetegui and will hope to follow the same path over the coming year.
Having just received his debut international call-up by Luis Enrique, Oscar is a technically gifted midfielder who will complement Ivan Rakitic in a new-look Sevilla midfield following the departure of Ever Banega.
The Croatian midfielder needs little introduction upon his return to Sevilla, yet he remains one of the signings of the summer.
Despite losing his edge at Barcelona, the 32-year-old was still performing at a level other clubs can only dream of, hence why Los Nervionenses were so eager to bring him back to the Estadio Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan.
For an initial outlay of 1.5 million euros, plus a further nine in add-ons, Monchi has pulled off a masterstroke in signing a player who will greatly aid their Champions League campaign.
This is a deal that has a very clear winner and a very clear loser.
Villarreal are the obvious winners as they signed an experienced midfielder with a reputation for fantastic leadership for nothing. Valencia, on the other hand gave away their captain to a domestic rival.
Having played 351 matches in the Spanish top flight, Parejo will be seen as a leader in the promising Villarreal dressing room, and his 58 career assists will be a huge boost to the likes of Gerard Moreno and Paco Alcacer in attack.
Real Madrid were convinced by Villarreal’s loan proposal for the Japanese midfielder in the hope he will enjoy a similar breakout year to what Martin Odegaard did with Real Sociedad in 2019/20.
Kubo is a livewire of a player, skilled on the ball and loves to dribble against his opposite number on the wing.
He needs to start scoring more goals, but his debut year in the top flight with Real Mallorca showed promise.
Real Sociedad stole David Silva from right under the noses of Lazio after his contract with Manchester City expired, with his arrival being one of the marquee moments of LaLiga Santander’s summer.
There are few Spanish players more recognisable than Silva, whilst it must be remembered that Pep Guardiola was still using him in his regular starting XI at Manchester City until his departure.
La Real are getting a captain and a creative playmaker who more than covers the loss of Odegaard and could tip them over the edge in the race for European qualification next term.
His reputation may have been damaged by his time with Manchester City, but it’s necessary to remember that the Chilean shot-stopper was once a Zamora Trophy winner in an eight-year period where only Jan Oblak and Thibaut Courtois have taken home the award.
He has signed for Manuel Pellegrini’s Real Betis team and brings experience and an expertise at stopping penalties.
The fact he cost the Seville club nothing is another bonus.
Negredo has returned to Spain with Cadiz. As soon as the club secured promotion, he was the first signing made by president Manuel Vizcaino.
Having endured mixed success in England and Turkey, Negredo couldn’t refuse a chance to return to Spanish football, despite having lost the speed and acceleration he once had, which is natural for a 35-year-old.
He hasn’t forgotten how to score goals though, netting 59 in his last four seasons, and Cadiz will be hoping this can guide them to safety.