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So that's it then, the transfer window has closed, and clubs can get down to the business of playing football. As always, there was a mad rush in the last two days, especially as many teams waited to see how the opening day panned out before completing their squads. Barcelona and Real Madrid were looking to lighten their loads though, and as well as offloading Cáceres and Hleb, the Blaugrana were finally able to tie up a deal with AC Milan for Ibrahimovic. In the end it was couched as a one year loan with a buy out clause of €24 million at the end (depending on how you value Eto'o, €60 Mio or so below what they paid for him a season ago!), but nobody doubts that Milan will take up the option next summer.

Madrid meanwhile managed to loan out Drenthe to Hércules (he apparently wanted to stay in Spain to show his worth), and at the very last minute they transferred Van der Vaart to Tottenham for a bargain-basement €10 Mio To do so the club apparently asked the Federation on the last day to extend the deadline on foreign transfers to allow for the move to take place, something which only the two "giants" could pull off, and Spurs also had to wait for the FA to confirm that the paperwork was presented in time. Drenthe will be joined at Hércules by French mega-star David Trézéguet, who turned down several big offers to move to Alicante. That surprised us all until we learnt that his girlfriend (wife?)'s family are from the Alicante region. Sometimes money isn't everything! (02.09.10)

Player (Country) Current club New club Position/Comments
Ibrahimovic (SWE) Barcelona AC Milan (ITA) FW What a paclava! Finally moves on loan with €24 but out clause at end of season, payable over 3 years.
Martín Cáceres (URU) Barcelona / Juventus (ITA) Sevilla DF Another signing to strengthen defence. Moves on another loan deal, with €5 Mio buy out option at end. .
Hleb (BLR) Barcelona / Stuttgart Birmingham (ENG) MF Have been tring to offload ex Arsenal midifielder all summer, but only agreed new loan deal on last day.
Van der Vaart (HOL) Real Madrid Tottenham (ENG) MF Last minute move after Bayern Munich deal fell through. Redknapp says he's a snip at around €10 Mio.
Drenthe (HOL) Real Madrid Hércules MF Finally took the hint and moves on loan, but stays in Spain hoping to show his worth.
Trézéguet (FRA) Juventus (ITA) Hércules FW Big signing for club. Striker turned down bids from Liverpool and others to play in Spain. Influenced by Alicante born girlfriend?
Duscher (ARG) Sevilla Espanyol MF Has been left out of Sevilla's squad, so agreed to rescind contract and join Espanyol, replacing Moisés.
Osvaldo Bolonia (ITA) Espanyol FW Had already agreed new loan deal, but finally paid the €5 Mio clause to make move permanent.
Stankevicius (LIT) Sampdoria / Sevilla Valencia DF Have tied up Lithuanian defender on loan to strengthen defence after losing Marchena and Alexis. Was at Sevilla last year.
Nelson (POR) Betis Osasuna DF Second right back to move from Betis to Osasuna after Damià! Joins on loan with €6 Mio buy out option at end of season.
Pablo Pintos (URU) Lazio (ITA) Getafe DF Have signed promising right back from Lazio on five year deal.
Cala Sevilla Cartagena DF Signing of Cáceres and Alexis means he won't play much, so accepted loan move to Carthage.
Jurado Atlético Madrid Schalke 04 (GER) MF Had offer he couldn't refuse to join Raúl, increasing salary 4x. €13 Mio fee also good news for Atlético.
Casilla Espanyol / Cádiz Cartagena GK Held on to him in case Kameni sold, but when clear he was staying new loan deal confirmed.
Pavón Zaragoza Arles-Avignon (FRA) DF Spanish icon leaving country to try and kick-start his career in newly promoted side. Moves on free transfer.
Pennant (ENG) Zaragoza Stoke City (ENG) MF Wanted to keep him despite personal problems, but in the end moves back to UK on six month loan.
Goni zaragoza Real Madrid Castilla DF New Spanish under 21 international loaned out to Madrid B side for one season.
Caicedo (ECU) Man City / Málaga Levante FW Striker unable to earn place in all-star City, so returns to Spain for another loan spell.
Stadsgaard (DEN) Rosenborg (NOR) Málaga DF Have signed defender on three year deal, with option for a fourth. Already played for Rosenborg in Champions League.
Rubén Cartagena Málaga GK Some problems with Galatto's paperwork, so signed ex Barça B keeper just in case.
Tchité Racing Santander Standard Liège (BEL) FW Have sold striker back to old club after three reasonably good years in Spain.
Rosenberg Werder Bremen (GER) Racing Santander FW Swedish attacker joins on loan to take over Tchité's position and shirt number.
Ponce (CHL) Universidad Católica (CHL) Racing Santander DF Have signed international defender on loan with buy-out option. Played against Spain in World Cup. Candidate for "Villains" prize?
Keita Mallorca Valladolid FW Signing of Cavenaghi meant he had to move on. Joins on loan for one season.
Keko Atlético Madrid B / Valladolid Cartagena MF Spain's under 19 captain moves out on loan again to gain experience. Was at Valladolid for 6 months last year.
Bueno Valladolid Derby County (ENG) FW Ex Real Madrid B striker left out of team for 1st game, so agrees terms for loan deal to Championship side.
Marquitos Valladolid Villarreal B MF Not had much luck on his travels, so returns to old club on loan to strengthen B side.
Héctor Font Valladolid Xerez MF Another ex Villarreal youngster who has had leave on loan deal to earn more playing time.
Nielsen (DEN) Nordsjaelland (DEN) Villarreal B FW Have signed Danish under 21 international to strengthen B team. Has played in Italy.
Miguel Lopes (POR) Porto (POR) Betis DF Have signed right back on loan with buy out option to replace Nelson.
Del Olmo Hércules Ponferradina FW Ex Athletic Bilbao forward has to move on loan to make room for new signings.
Echaide Osasuna Huesca DF Defender returns on loan spell. Was there at start of last season, but recalled in winter to cover injury to Oier.
Josemi / Ibagaza & Fuster Mallorca / Villarreal Iraklis / Olympiacos (GRE) DF / MF Moves that slipped though our nets earlier in the summer. All leave Spain to play in the Greek league, signing 2, 3 and 3 year contracts respectively.
N'Diaye / Romaric Nancy / Sevilla Málaga / Zaragoza MF Both deals announced on last day, but in the end they didn't go through.
Rodrigo Real Madrid / Benfica Bolton wanderers (ENG) FW Spanish U19 striker transferred to Benfica last month, but they loaned him out to Bolton with immediate effect.
Oscar Olympiacos (GRE) Valladolid MF Midfielder returns to old club after contract ended in Greece. Unemployed, so allowed to join after window closed.
Bodipo Deportivo / Vaslui (ROM) Elche FW Adventure in Romania only lasted a month, and has negotiated terms to play next season at Elche.
Hiroshi (JPN) Girona Sabadell FW Japanese under 19 international has been loaned out to regional side to gain experience.