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Transfer rumours

We were about to report that the big news over the last fortnight was that Real Madrid hadn't signed anybody, but then Barcelona woke up! Club president Joan Laporta seems to have fixed his sights only on Inter Milan though, starting by signing their Brazilian left back Maxwell after Deportivo refused to budge on the asking price for Filipe. That was just the prelude however to a massive deal which looks set to bring Ibrahimovic to the Nou Camp in exchange for - wait for it - €45 million plus Samuel Eto'o (valued at €35 million in anybody's money) plus a one year loan of Hleb! it only remains now for the players to agree terms with their respective new clubs, but if it does go through Laporta is going to have to eat his trousers after criticising Real Madrid's spending spree as obscene!

What else has happened over the last few days? Barça's "wee dabble" means that Villa and Forlán are out of the firing line, making the fans of Valencia and Atlético happy but their CFOs even more depressed, although with mavericks such as big spending Manchester City around who knows? Just when you thought you were safe... Spain's love affair with the UK carries on, with Jermain Pennant making a move from Liverpool to newly promoted Zaragoza, and Tottenham's Zokora joining Sevilla. And Xerez have got their new coach, ex Osasuna boss Cuco Ziganda moving to Andalusia to find a half empty changing room. With nothing in the piggy bank they will have to pick up the scraps where they can, but the bookies are already marking them down as favourites for a quick return to the second division. Can they defy the odds? (18.07.09)

Player (Country) Current club New club Position/Comments
Ibrahimovic (SWE) Inter Milan (ITA) Barcelona FW Splashed out €45 Mio plus transfer of Eto'o and loan deal for Hleb! Still pending agreement with players though.
Pennant (ENG) Liverpool / Portsmouth Zaragoza MF Interesting signing for Maños! Rescinds contract at Anfield after loan at Portsmouth and joins for 3 years.
Sergio Asenjo Valladolid Atlético Madrid GK Deal finally settled at €5.5 Mio plus Diego Costa. Camacho could move on loan too?
Maxwell (BZL) Inter Milan (ITA) Barcelona DF Gave up waiting for Filipe, and paid €4.5 Mio for Brazilian left back. Signs for 5 years.
Zokora (IVC) Tottenham (ENG) Sevilla MF Reportedly paid €9 Mio to Spurs for midfielder, who signs 4 year contract.
Ziganda Osasuna Xerez MG Finally opted for ex Osasuna manager, who turned down top office job at Athletic to stay in coaching.
Morris (SAF) Panathinaikos / Recreativo Racing Santander DF South African defender returns to Spain on loan deal after good season at Recre.
Iván Pullid (ARG) Tiro Federal / Newells (ARG) Espanyol DF "Next Zabaleta" joins on loan with buy out option after good season on loan at Newell's Old Boys.
Lafita Deportivo Zaragoza FW Return to old club hit snags after Zaragoza to pay €2 Mio buy back clause. Have until end August to do so.
Marc Torrejón Espanyol Racing Santander DF Not in Pochettino's plans, so have agreed €1.5 Mio transfer to Cantabria.
Roberto Recreativo Atlético Madrid GK Paid €1.25 Mio buy back clause after year at Recre, and will be understudy to Asenjo.
Valdo Espanyol Málaga MF No place in squad after long injury lay-off, so agrees move on loan to South coast.
Oliveira (BZL) Betis Al Jazira (UAE) FW Reported to have agreed €14 Mio fee for star striker, which will be split between Betis and Zaragoza.
Manucho (ANG) Manchester Utd / Hull City Valladolid FW Reported be signing Man U forward, who was on lan at Hull. Will join on 5 year deal, and presentation due for next week.
Xabi Castillo Real Sociedad Athletic Bilbao DF Young left back returns to old club, and signs on four year deal. Joins Díaz de Cerio.
Fabricio Deportivo Valladolid GK Moves on after falling out with club over contractual terms. Joins for 2 years to replace Asenjo.
De Marcos Alavés Athletic Bilbao FW Have signed promising young player on four year deal after Alavés went down.
Alberto Bueno Real Madrid B Valladolid FW Paid €3 Mio to Castilla for young striker, who signs on 5 year deal. Madrid have buy back option for first two seasons.
Aranda Numancia Osasuna FW Have signed much travelled striker for €1.2 Mio. Kike Sola goes other way on loan.
Rufete Espanyol Hércules MF Veteran midfielder out of contract and moves to Alicante on 2 year deal.
Emilio N'Sue Mallorca / Castellón Real Sociedad FW Spanish youth international forward moves on loan again, this time to San Sebastian.
Botía Barcelona B Sporting Gijón DF Youth international defender moves on one year loan to gain experience.
Nivaldo (BZL) Umm-Salal (QTR) Valladolid DF Left sided defender joins after spells with Os Belenenses and Saint Etienne before moving to Qatar.
Guaita Valencia Recreativo GK Played several games for first team last season due to injuries, but has to move on loan this year. Have also signed keeper Bernardo from Alavés.
Víctor Valladolid Cartagena FW Experienced striker out of contract and has to move on. Vivar Dorado also goes, signing for Albacete.
Lafuente Athletic / Sporting Numancia GK Veteran keeper has to move on again after loan period, and signs 2 year contract with Soria based club.
Tiko Athletic / Eibar retiring MF Has decided to retire early due to serious back problems, although could return if cure found.
Goitom (SWE) Murcia / Valladolid Almería FW Have signed replacement for Negredo for €2.2 Mio, although Udinese have right of refusal and could still poach him away.
Arthuro / Saulo (BZL) Terek Grozny / Os Belenenses Celta FW Signing a new crop of forwards after struggling to avoid relegation last season.
Movilla Murcia Rayo Vallecano MF Ex málaga, Atlético and Zaragoza veteran out of contract, and signs for Rayo. Albiol's brother goes the other way.
Nano Racing Ferrol Numancia MF Remember him? Ex Barça B, Atlético Madrid, Getafe etc. Once rated as another Fernando Torres, now has another chance to make his name.
Descarga Legia Warsaw (POL) Real Unión DF Ex Levante captain returns to Spain to help old club consolidate in second division.