The last minute rush is on as next week's transfer deadline approaches. Barcelona have finally found the midfielder and striker they wanted, veteran Albertini joining on a six month contract and Maxi López signing for the next five years. Atlético Madrid gave up the fight for Deivid and signed Richard Nuñez instead to fill the gap left by Musampa and Paunovic, and Málaga have tied up Fernando Baiano, letting Leko go to make room.
Mallorca are the first division side with most winter signings though, and Héctor Cúper is adding two South American players to his squad, Melo and Marino (the latter pending confirmation). Deportivo could be a late player in the market as well, with Coloccini and Lucho González both close to agreeing terms and Pandiani possibly on his way to the UK.
Elsewhere Depor's Galician neighbours Celta have finally managed to place unsettled keeper Cavallero, who strengthens Levante's squad, and could sign Mallorca's Perera if Jandro moves on. And there were two changes on the managerial front since our last report, Barrios replacing Pepe Moré at Tenerife and Argibay coming in for Gay at Pontevedra. (28.01.05)