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Summer transfers

The transfer window is open again, and clubs have until the end of August to complete their squads for the new season. As ever though, the first job is to get the coaching staff on board, and eight of last season’s top flight teams have opted for a change. Sevilla and Málaga had little choice as Unai Emery and Javi Gracia were poached by Paris Saint Germain and Rubin Kazan respectively, and Jorge Sampaoli and Juande Ramos will be their replacements. New owners at Espanyol and Granada have drafted in Quique Sánchez Flores and Paco Jémez from Watford and Rayo Vallecano, and Rayo themselves have brought back Sandoval to try and get them back up. Elsewhere Betis and Deportivo have signed up Gustavo Poyet and Gaizka Garitano, and Levante have sacked Rubi and taken on Alcorcón’s López Muñiz. Of the newly promoted sides, only Alavés have made a change after they failed to agree terms with Bordalás, Ex Valencia coach Mauricio Pellegrino the new man at Vitoria.

Meanwhile Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid are still waiting for the results of their appeals against FIFA’s transfer bans, although they will be allowed to sign players this summer pending the final outcome. Many issues are on hold until the Euro 2016 finals come to an end, but so far Real’s only move is to exercise the buy-back clause for Morata (it remains to be seen whether he is sold on or not), and Atlético have tied up Benfica’s Gaitán and Croatian full back Vrsaljko, and extended the contract of Fernando Torres for another year. Barcelona’s suspension was of course lifted last winter, and they will be buying French international defender Umtiti from Olympique Lyon, and bringing back Denis Suárez from Villarreal. Marc Bartra and Dani Alves have moved on though to Borussia Dortmund and Juventus, and Sandro has several suitors after being released.

Otherwise the early movers are principally from Andalusia, with Betis signing up Durmisi, Jonas Martin, Nahuel, Felipe Gutiérrez and Mandi, and renewing the loan deal for Chelsea’s Musonda. Málaga have taken on Keko, Jony, Koné and Kuzmanovic, and Sevilla have brought in Sarabia and Kiyotake to replace Banega and Reyes, who will be moving on to Espanyol. The Catalans have also purchased Olympiakos keeper Roberto, and Real Sociedad have signed Southampton striker Juanmi. Real Madrid’s Cheryshev will be returning to Villarreal after loans at Sevilla and Valencia, and Deportivo and Eibar have already been active as well. As usual though the Premier League will be depriving us of some of our star players, with Manchester City paying the buy-out clause for Celta’s Noltio, Manchester United forking out big money for Villarreal’s Eric Bailly, and West Ham taking on Feghouli, who was out of contract at Valencia. Still a long way to go though before the new season begins, and we will be keeping you informed of all the moves as and when they happen. (30.06.16)

Latest transfers detailed below. Colour coding: Green - deals completed, but still not closed, or player on trial; Blue - deals closed now, but will take place at a later date; Red - deals closed but subsequently cancelled.

Date Player (Country) Old club New club Position/Comments
30/06/16 Umtiti (FRA) Olympique Lyon (FRA) Barcelona DF Have agree €25 Mio fee to bring French defender to Spain. Will join once Euro 2016 finishes.
30/06/16 Vrsaljko (CRO) Sassuolo (ITA) Atlético Madrid DF Passed medical check during Euro 2016 competition, and will be signing for reported €16 Mio fee.
30/06/16 Reyes Sevilla Espanyol MF Veteran forward is being let go by home town club, and will be rejoining Flores on 1+1 deal.
30/06/16 Kuzmanovic (SER / SWI) Basel (SWI) / Udinese (ITA) Málaga MF Have tied up Serbian midfielder on one year loan deal. Was on loan at Udinese as well last season.
30/06/16 Tyton (POL) Stuttgart (GER) Deportivo GK Polish international keeper returns to Spain on 3 year deal. Had loan spell at Elche two seasons ago.
30/06/16 Tomás Pina Villarreal Club Brugge (BEL) MF Will be leaving after 2 seasons to take up offer from Belgium. Fee reported to be round €3 Mio.
30/06/16 Isaac Success (NIG) Granada Watford (ENG) FW Young striker moves to Premier League for fee of around €15 Mio. Rights owned by owner Pozzo's fund.
30/06/16 Ansotegi Eibar Mallorca DF Ex Real Sociedd central defender will be moving on again to Mallorca after short spell at Eibar.
30/06/16 Natxo Insa Alcorcón Levante MF López Muñiz brings experienced midfielder with him. Signing two year contract.
30/06/16 Pelegrín Alavés Elche DF 37 year old defender prefers to stay in 2nd divn, and will be rejoining old club. Elche also sign full back Luis Pérez from Jaén.
30/06/16 René Llagostera Girona GK Has had to leave Llagostera after club relegated, and will be replacing Isaac Becerra at Girona.
30/06/16 Marc Crosas Cruz Azul (MEX) Tenerife MF Ex Barça B and Celtic player joins on loan. Have also signed Alex García and Edu Oriol.
29/06/16 Van der Bergh (GER) Hertha Berlin (GER) Getafe DF Experienced full back joins on 2 year deal. Have also paid €2 Mio to Celta for Scepovic buy-out clause.
29/06/16 Samu García Villarreal Rubin Kazan (RUS) MF Hasn't had much luck with injuries etc. since joining from Málaga, and will be back with Javi Gracía for €5 Mio fee.
29/06/16 Felipe Gutiérrez (CHL) Twente (HOL) Betis MF Has passed extensive medical check on knee, and joins Poyet for fee of around €3 Mio.
29/06/16 Luismi Sevilla Valladolid MF Didn't play much under Emery, and has turned down offer of rejoining B team to take up 2 year contract at Pucela.
29/06/16 Escassi Llagostera Numancia MF Ex Getafe midfielder leaves relegated club and signs 2 year deal, with option for a third.
29/06/16 Manu del Moral Valladolid Numancia FW Have signed ex Atleti & Sevilla international forward, and have also tied up Paraguay's Acuña.
29/06/16 Lejeune (FRA) Manchester City (ENG) / Girona Eibar DF Central defender has been on loan at Girona last two seasons, and makes permanent move to Eibar for 4 years.
28/06/16 Unai Emery Sevilla Paris St. Germain (FRA) MG Has been tempted away by big money offer from French club, who had to settle with Blanc first.
28/06/16 Guerrero Sporting Gijón Leganés FW Didn't play much last season, and out of contract this summer. Joins Lega on 2 year deal.
28/06/16 Bakary Koné (BFA / FRA) Olympique Lyon (FRA) Málaga DF Have paid fee of a little under €1 Mio to bring central defender to Málaga. Signs for 3 years.
28/06/16 Toril No club Elche MG Ex Castilla trainer taken on after Baraja resigned and Lucas Alcaraz turned down job at last minute.
28/06/16 Juan Domíngez Deportivo Mallorca MF Several teams tried to sign him, but agrees to one year loan move under his ex coach Vázquez.
28/06/16 Mandi (FRA / ALG) Reims (FRA) Betis DF Have agreed terms of €4 Mio to bring defendert to Betis. 5th signing already this summer!
28/06/16 Sandoval No club Rayo Vallecano MG Returns to old club after 4 year absence to replace Jémez. Previously at Sporting & Granada.
28/06/16 Raillo Espanyol / Ponferradina Mallorca DF No room for him after loan at Ponfe, so agree to free transfer, keeping 15% of transfer rights.
27/06/16 Dani Alves (BZL) Barcelona Juventus (ITA) DF Has been unsettled at Barça recently, and decides not to renew contract & take up 2 year deal with Italian champions.
27/06/16 Fabricio Deportivo Besiktas (TKY) GK Had agreed 3 year contract with Turkish club some t5ime ago, but seems he has failed medical check?
27/06/16 Toño Ramírez AEK Larnaca (CYP) Real Sociedad GK Home grown keeper will be returning to San Sebastian on 3 year deal as cover for Rulli.
27/06/16 Mauricio Pellegrino (ARG) Independiente Avellaneda (ARG)
Alavés MG Ex Valencia coach will be heading up Alavés in top flight after Bordelás fired despite winning promotion.
27/06/16 Raúl Uche Rayo Vallecano B Leicester City (ENG) FW Premier League champions have taken young striker on four year deal! The new Vardy?
24/06/16 Saúl Berjón Eibar Pumas (MEX) MF Will be leaving Eibar this summer, and agrees to join Mexican university side together with Abraham.
24/06/16 Jorge Molina Betis Getafe FW Decided not to renew contract of experienced striker, and will join Getafe together with Molinero.
23/06/16 Jony Sporting Gijón Málaga MF Got ahead of several clubs to sign him. Out of contract at Sporting, and signs for 4 seasons.
23/06/16 Keko Eibar Málaga MF Had a good season last year at Eibar, and are paying €4 Mio+ to sign him on four year contract.
22/06/16 Roberto Olympiacos (GRE) Espanyol GK Quique building his new side from the back! Paid €3 Mio for keeper, who already worked with coach at Atleti.
22/06/16 Musonda (BEL) Chelsea (ENG) Betis MF Have extended his loan deal by another year after successful loan spell last season.
21/06/16 Nolito Celta Manchester City (ENG) FW Guardiola got ahead of Barça and others to pay buy-out clause of €18 Mio. Will sign 3 year deal after Euro 2016.
21/06/16 Morata Juventus (ITA) Real Madrid FW Juventus confirmed that Madrid will be paying €30 Mio buy-back clause. Whether he stays or is sold on remains to be seen though.
21/06/16 Luis Hernández Sporting Gijón Leicester City (ENG) DF Centre back is out of contract this summer, and has agreed 4 year contract with Premier League champions.
21/06/16 Borja Valle Oviedo Deportivo MF Contract ended at Oviedo, and has been offered three year contract with Galician side.
20/06/16 Fausto Tienza Alcorcón Osasuna MF Left Alcorcón last April, and signs for two years. Manuel Sánchez goes in the other direction.
20/06/16 Zapater Lokomotiv Moscow (RUS)
Zaragoza DF Ex captain returns to old team after seven years playing in Italy, Portugal and Russia.
20/06/16 Megyeri (HUN) Getafe Greuther Fürth (GER) GK Hardly played last season, and will be moving to German 2nd divn side after Getafe relegated.
20/06/16 Pere Milla UD Logroñés Eibar MF Eibar fishing in smaller waters! Winger scored 18 goals for Logroñés, who just missed out on promotion.
17/06/16 Naranjo Nàstic Celta FW Young striker had offers from Premier League, but prefers to take up offer of five year contract in Vigo.
17/06/16 Guitián Zaragoza Valladolid DF Ex Sporting defender turned down offer to renew and has agreed move to Valladolid until 2019.
17/06/16 Gabriel (BZL) Juventus (ITA) Leganés MF Was on loan at Leganés last season, and have exercised buy-out clause to keep him to 2019.
16/06/16 Nahuel Villarreal Betis MF Have agreed 2 year loan deal for Argentina born Spanish youth international, wuth buy out options.
16/06/16 Gaitán (ARG) Benfica (POR) Atlético Madrid MF Simeone has been trying to sign him for some time, and have agreed €25 Mio fee with Benfica. Four year deal.
16/06/16 Abraham Español Pumas (MEX) MF Informed by club that his contract would not be renewed, so takes up offer of move to Mexico.
16/06/16 Rubén Peña Leganés Eibar MF Player out of contract after helping Leganés go up, and agrees to three year contract with Eibar.
16/06/16 Chris Naumoff (AUS / MAC) Sydney FC (AUS) Numancia MF Had agreed to take on Australian youth international, but seems he failed medical check in the end.
16/06/16 Borja Lázaro Leganés Huesca FW Has played all his career in lower divisions, and prefers to move on rather than stay with promoted team.
16/06/16 Luis Milla No club Zaragoza MG Opted for local boy as new coach rather than Baraja. Still has to prove himself though after disappointing results elsewhere.
15/06/16 Cheryshev (RUS) Real Madrid / Valencia Villarreal MF Loan at Valencia ended, and have agreed €7 Mio fee for him to return to where he played previously.
15/06/16 Contra (ROM) No club Alcorcón MG Ex Getafe manager returns to Spain after spell at Guangzhou in China. Takes over from López Muñiz.
14/06/16 Feghouli (ALG) Valencia West Ham Utd (ENG) MF Out of contract on 30 June, but West Ham have already announced he is joining them on 3 year deal.
14/06/16 López Muñiz Alcorcón Levante MG Paid €150k to free him from Alcorcón, and signs one year deal with option of a second if team go back up.
14/06/16 Paco Jémez Rayo Vallecano Granada MG New Chinese owners have got ahead of several teams to sign him after leaving Rayo following relegation.
14/06/16 Sampaoli (ARG) No club Sevilla MG Got ahead of many teams to sign ex Chile coach after Emery decided to move on. First job in Europe.
14/06/16 Víctor Rodríguez Elche / Getafe Sporting Gijón MF Returns from loan at Getafe, and agrees 3 year deal at Gijón after Elche failed to win promotion.
14/06/16 Bernardo (COL / SPA) Sporting Gijón Middlesbrough (ENG) DF Ex Sevilla defender out of contract at Molinón, and takes up offer to join Karanka in Premier League.
14/06/16 Gorosito (ARG) Slovan Bratislava (SVK) Getafe DF First signing for newly relgated side. Defender joins on free transfer and signs for one season.
13/06/16 Tarek (EGY) Betis / Columbus Crew (USA) Ismaily Sporting Club (EGY) DF Didn't make an impression in short spell in Spain, and will be returning home after release from contract.
10/06/16 Bruno Gama (POR) Dnipro (UKR) Deportivo MF Out of contract with Ukrainian club, and returns to take up 2 year deal at Depor, where he played 3 seasons ago.
10/06/16 Kiyotake (JPN) Hannover '96 (GER) Sevilla MF Have paid €6.5 Mio buy-out clause to sign Japanes international on four year contract.
10/06/16 Sarabia Getafe Sevilla MF Got ahead of Valencia and others to sign ex Castilla midfielder. Reported fee of around €1 Mio, signs for 4 years.
10/06/16 Jonas Marin (FRA) Montpellier (FRA) Betis MF Betis are early movers on transfer market this summer. Second signing, fee €2.5 Mio + variables, 3 year deal.
10/06/16 Durmisi (DEN) Brondby (DEN) Betis DF Paid around €2 Mio to sign Danish international full back, who joins on five year contract.
09/06/16 Denis Suárez Villarreal Barcelona MF Have decided to execute €3.25 Mio buy-out clause to bring him back to Nou Camp. Not sure whether he will stay.
09/06/16 Gaizka Garitano No club Deportivo MG Ex Eibar & Valladolid boss will be taking over from Víctor Sánchez, who has been let go after poor season.
09/06/16 José Manuel Airá
Real Murcia Albacete MG Was fired by Real Murcia just before end of season, and will take over from César Ferrando at relegated side.
09/06/16 Quique Sánchez Flores Watford (ENG) Espanyol MG New Chinese owners looking to invest in club, and have gone for experienced manager to lead new project.
08/06/16 Juanmi Southampton (ENG) Real Sociedad FW Ex Málaga striker didn't have much luck in Premier League, and have agreed €5 Mio fee to bring him back to Spain.
08/06/16 Erik Bailly (IVC) Villarreal Manchester United (ENG) DF Mourinho has paid €35 Mio + variables for ex Espanyol defender! Signs for 4 years + 2 year option.
08/06/16 Fernando Hierro No club Oviedo MG Decided to give ex Real Madrid midfielder his first job as main coach after working as assistant to Ancelotti.
07/06/16 Paco Herrera No club Valladolid MG Experienced ex Las Palmas manager will be taking over from caretaker coach Alberto López.
06/06/16 Banega (ARG) Sevilla Inter Milan (ITA) MF Finally confirmed what was an open secret, midfielder turned down offer to stay on and will be moving to Calcio.
01/06/16 Marc Bartra Barcelona Borussia Dortmund (GER) DF Buy-out clause dropped to €8 Mio as not played much under Luis Enrique, and Dortmund got ahead of many clubs to sign him.
01/06/16 Poyet (URU) AEK Athens (GRE) Betis MG Ex Brighton & Sunderland manager takes over from Juan Merino, who has turned down offer to rejoin coaching staff.
01/06/16 Juande Ramos No club Málaga MG Experienced coach returns to Málaga after 12 year absence to replace Javi Gtracia, poached by Rubin Kazan.
01/06/16 Emre Çolak (TKY) Galatasaray (TKY) Deportivo MF First signing for Depor. Attacking midfielder turned down offer of renewal and signs on free transfer.
01/06/16 Hélder Lopes (POR) Paços Ferreira (POR) Las Palmas DF Have signed left back on free transfer for 2 seasons. Garrido will be let go to make room.
01/06/16 Diogo Jota (POR) Paços Ferreira (POR) Atlético Madrid MF Got ahead of several clubs to sign 19 year old winger last March. Not sure yet though whether he will be loaned out.
01/06/16 Michael Santos (URU) River Plate (ARG) Málaga FW Have paid €4.1 Mio for 75% of rights of young forward, and will be joining in the summer.
01/06/16 Mikel Merino Osasuna Borussia Dortmund (GER) MF Tried to sign him this winter, and paid €2 Mio downpayment in winter. Transfer confirmed despite winning promtion.
01/06/16 Kike García Middlesbrough (ENG) Eibar FW Agreed terms to sign him in winter, but transfer went through one minute too late! Joins squad after training with them all year.