Real Madrid – La Liga First deal was in 1992
Real Madrid have a long history of arrivals and departures in the January transfer window and the Luka Jovic‘s loan move to Eintracht Frankfurt is the latest.
Since 1992, the club have overseen a total of 50 moves over the winter window -26 new signings and 24 players leaving – and it all started with youngster Santi Aragon going out on loan to Real Valladolid in January 1992 but there have been some big moves since.
The biggest memory Real Madrid fans have of Santi Aragon is that goal he scored against Barcelona in the Supercopa de Espana. He impressed while on loan at Logrones and was given plenty of playing time under Alfredo Di Stefano.
Radomir Antic didn’t see a place for him in his plans however and was loaned to Valladolid in January 1992, making him the first piece of business Real Madrid ever did in the winter market.
The boost from television rights had given Real Madrid a lot of financial muscle in the 1996/97 season. After securing the services of head coach Fabio Capello and players such as Clarence Seedorf and Roberto Carlos, Italian international Christian Panucci arrived in January for four million euros. The right-back played a pivotal role in Real Madrid’s seventh Champions League title that year.
The winter market has always been a good time to pick up some young Brazilian talent and Real Madrid have secured the services of a few over the years.
Players who have arrived from across the water include Ze Roberto (1996/97), Savio (1997/98), Rodrigo Fabri (1997/98), Cicinho (2005/06), Marcelo (2006/07), Casemiro (2012/13), Lucas Silva (2004/05) and Reinier (2019/20).
The two top performers have been, without a doubt, Marcelo and Casemiro. Savio Bortilini was a spectacular signing not just for his huge transfer fee, but also his flamboyant style of play.
Federico Magallanes wasn’t well known among Real Madrid fans when he arrived at the club. After first visiting Madrid in 1998 he finally signed the following winter for six million euros – which was a surprise to many.
In his first season he was sent out on loan to various Spanish clubs. Spells at Racing Club de Santander, Sevilla, Merida and Eibar were all unsuccessful and he never made a single official appearance in the white of Real Madrid.
Unfortunately, he will always be remembered for featuring in an incredible five relegations with Atalanta, Racing, Venezia, Torino and Eibar.
In times of crisis, Real Madrid have taken risks on players in the January market.
In the 2004/05 season they decided to sign Danish international Thomas Gravesen from Everton for three million euros. The hot-headed midfielder – nicknamed “loco” [crazy] by teammates – had a turbulent time at the Bernabeu and his Real Madrid career will be mostly remembered for the training-ground fight he had with Robinho.
Julien Faubert thought it was a joke when Real Madrid came calling in January 2009. It was as well have been because the ex-West Ham man hardly played at the Bernabeu. The most memorable thing he did was fall asleep on the bench at El Madrigal.
Real Madrid brought in more South American talent in early 2007 when they signed the promising Argentine duo of Gonzalo Higuain from River Plater and Fernando Gago from Boca Juniors.
Higauin had the longer career in Madrid scoring 121 goals in 264 matches and Gago was a disappointment.
Madrid attempted to salvage a poor season in 2008 by signing Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and Lassana Diarra to compete in the Champions League.
There was uproar in Madrid however as they could only include one of them in their European squad. Diarra was chosen and Huntelaar was tasked with scoring goals in LaLiga.
Huntelaar scored nine times in the second half of the season but was sold in the summer.
Two club legends parted ways with Real Madrid in the winter transfer window with both Ronaldo and Clarence Seedorf making their way to Italy in January.
Seedorf left for Inter in 1999 for 24 milliaon euros to free up funds for wages at the club while Ronaldo left for Milan in 2007. Ronaldo had a poor relationship with coach Fabio Capello and was struggling to find playing time due to Ruud van Nistelrooy.
In January 2000, Real Madrid made one of the biggest mistakes in the history of the winter window.
Samuel Etoo wasn’t playing at the Bernabeu and was allowed to leave on loan to Mallorca, where he was spectacular.
This led to Barcelona swooping in to secure the Cameroon striker’s services and he became one of the greatest strikers the Camp Nou has seen.
The Serbian striker makes up the 50th piece of business Real Madrid have conducted in the winter window.
Los Blancos paid 60 million euros for the forward 18 months ago but a lack of playing time under Zinedine Zidane has seen him loaned out to Eintracht Frankfurt.
He has four years remaining on his contract and has only scored twice for Real Madrid