The transfer market took a bit of a breather this week to take in the implications of Real Madrid's swoop to sign Kaká and Cristian Ronaldo. The knock-on effect is bound to start soon, with reports of Manchester United preparing a massive bid for Casillas, maybe in part out of revenge for Madrid's constant raids on Old Trafford. Other reports say they are looking at Eto'o, who Barcelona would probably allow to leave if the 60 million price tag can be matched, but there is a long way to go yet. .
The big news this week though was about David Villa, with Valencia upping the price at the last minute after a provisional deal with Madrid had been agreed. Then it was Barça, then it was Chelsea, and now the new club president says he is not for sale for under 60 million. This one could go on all summer as Valencia need to raise cash from somewhere. Meanwhile Madrid are looking around for an alternative, with Benzema, Ibrahimovic and Diego Forlán just three of the many names which have appeared in the press in the last few days.
Elsewhere Sergio Asenjo's move to Atlético Madrid has still not been confirmed, although the fact that Valdés has agreed an extension to his contract at the Nou Camp means that the move is more likely. And Espanyol have tied up their second signing, Nakamura (who the local press are calling Japan's David Beckham) having reportedly agreed a move to more warmer climes from Celtic. A formal announcement is expected on Tuesday. (21.06.09)
|Player (Country)||Current club||New club||Position/Comments|
|Nakamura (JPN)||Celtic (SCO)||Espanyol||MF Japanese midfielder has agreed two year contract with Barcelona based side. Will be confirmed on Tuesday.|
|Sergio Asenjo||Valladolid||Atlético Madrid||GK Deal still not confirmed, and player currently in Sweden with under 21 side.|
|Coupet (FRA)||Atlético Madrid||PSG (FRA)||GK All change for Atleti's keepers. Veteran has agreed terms to return home.|
|Pedro Ríos||Xerez||Getafe||MF Player out of contract and agrees to move despite promotion of old side.|
|Rivera||Betis||Sporting Gijón||MF Leaves Betis and signs one year deal, with option to extend 2 more if plays enough games.|
|Eliseu (POR)||Málaga||Lazio (ITA)||MF Have had to let him go for 1 million, and with many others leaving need to rebuild a new suqad.|
|Nauzet||Las Palmas||Valladolid||MF Had pre-contract to join Portsmouth, but preferred to sign three year deal with Valladolid.|
|Carlos García||Almería||Betis||DF Central defender signs new 2 year deal, but agrees loan move to Betis for next season.|
|Martín Lasarte (URU)||Danubio (URU)||Real Sociedad||MG Failure to win promotion for second year running means Lillo has to move on. New man moves from Uruguay to take over.|
|Jordi Gómez||Espanyol / Swansea||Wigan (ENG)||MF Was on loan last season, and Roberto Martínez takes him with him to Wigan for 2 Mio fee.|
|Javi López||Alavés||Recreativo||MG Have signed ex Nàstic and Alavés coach after Lucas Alcaraz left relegated side.|
|Peña||Albacete||Recreativo||DF Have to rebuild side and have signed left back on four year deal.|