Transfer news

The rush is now over and squads have been decided, and clubs are now only allowed to sign new players in the case of long term term injuries or if the player is unemployed. The transfer window will open again at the end of December, and we will continue to report any rumours about possible signings in the winter, or any other changes in the meantime (normally managerial). There is a bit of tidying up to do since our last report as one or two late facts did escape our notice. Djalminha for example has been given a shirt number at Deportivo, although he is not expected to play and the club are trying to move him on. Iván Ania, Basavilbaso and Bermudo (Tenerife) and Ruano (Málaga) have also been given team numbers, and Iniesta was finally included in the 25 man squad at Barcelona rather than being given a B team number. Real Madrid didn't get the defender they wanted, but Quieroz says they may well be looking to sign someone this winter. Only a few weeks to go and it starts all over again..... (06.09.03)

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