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Two weeks on from our last report, and it is already clear that this is going to be a summer which smashes all previous records. Morata has left Real Madrid to go to Chelsea for €80 million, the highest price ever paid for a Spanish player, and even the out of favour Danilo has brought in another €35 million or so to Madrid’s treasury from Manchester City. Vitolo’s move to Atlético via Las Palmas mentioned in our last report has injected €37 million in to Sevilla’s coffers, Villarreal have forked out €11 million to bring Pablo Fornals back home, and even Eibar have made a club record signing, paying Sporting Lisbon €4 million for defender Paulo Oliveira!.

All of that is due to pale into insignificance though in the next few days if the rumours are to be believed, with Madrid close to agreeing an incredible €180 million fee for Mónaco’s 18 year old forward Mbappé, and Paris Saint Germain even topping that to pay Neymar’s buy-out clause of €220 million.

That would certainly trigger a massive bun-fight, and there is already talk of what could happen next, with Barça even suggesting they could compete for Mbappé, or otherwise spend €100 million or so on players such as Griezmann, Dybala, Coutinho, Verratti or Paulinho, and the likes of Manchester United looking to sign Gareth Bale or others for a similar amount. Financial fair-play may have some say in all of that, and clubs will have to balance their books one way or another, but with Europe’s big spenders gearing up, it looks like we’re in for a lot of fun this year! (30.07.17)

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
29/07/17 Caicedo (ECU) Espanyol Lazio (ITA) FW Is signing for Italian side, bringing in €3 Mio and freeing up one of the highest salaries in the club.
28/07/17 Rubén García Levante Sporting Gijón MF Levante extended his contract by 2 years and then loaned him out. Víctor & Bustos leaving to make room.
28/07/17 Arzurza (ARG) River Plate (ARG) Osasuna MF Player will be joining on one year loan, with 100% buy out option of USD 2 Mio, or less for 60% of rights.
27/07/17 Quintero (COL) Deportivo Cali (COL) Sporting Gijón DF Central defender has confirmed to local press that he is joining on loan with buy-out option.
27/07/17 Fabbrini (ITA) Birmingham City (ENG) / Spezia (ITA) Oviedo MF Spent 6 months on loan at Spezia after joining Birmingham, and moves to Oviedo on another loan deal.
26/07/17 Emi Buendía (ARG) / Rodrigo Ríos Getafe / Córdoba Cultural Leonesa MF / FW Two signings to strengthen attack of newly promoted side, first on loan & second as free agent.
26/07/17 Mikel Merino Borussia Dortmund (GER) Newcastle (ENG) MF As a Basque player, U21 intn'l was on Athletic's shopping list. However Benitez takes him on loan with buy out option.
26/07/17 Bernard Mensah (GHA) Atlético Madrid / Vitoria Guimaraes (POR) Kasimpasa (TKY) MF Has spent two seasons out on loan at Getafe & Guimaraes, and goes out again, this time with buy-out option.
26/07/17 Jonathan Dos Santos (MEX / SPA) Villarreal Los Angeles Galaxy (USA) MF Signing of Fornals convinced him to move on to join brother Gio in MLS. Fee around €4.2 Mio.
26/07/17 Igor Stefanovic (SER) Moreirense (POR) Córdoba GK Have signed keeper on 2 year deal as cover for Kieszek, who is injured & will miss the start of the season
25/07/17 Mbappé (FRA) Monaco Real Madrid FW Still waiting for official confirmation, but seems that Madrid paying €160 Mio + €20 Mio in variables for 18 year old!
25/07/17 Cecchini (ARG) Banfield (ARG) Málaga MF Only took them a day to find replacement for Fornals. Fee reportedly €5 Mio, and joins for 5 years.
25/07/17 De la Bella Olympiacos (GRE) Real Sociedad DF Had one year left on two season loan to Greek side, but bringing him back early to replace Yuri.
25/07/17 Champagne (ARG) Olimpo (ARG) Leganés GK Keeper was on loan for 6 months last season, and will be returning for another year, again on loan.
25/07/17 Boulaya (ALG / FRA) Bastia (FRA) Girona MF Have reached agreement to sign attacking midfielder for 3 years after he passed medical check on injured knee.
25/07/17 Jonas Martin (FRA) Betis Strasbourg (FRA) MF Was talk of a loan, but in the end have agreed to transfer him for a fee of around €2.5 Mio, and signs to 2020.
25/07/17 Diogo Jota (POR) Atlético Madrid / Porto (POR) Wolverhampton Wanderers (ENG) MF Still on his learning curve, and moves to rejoin old coach Nuno on another one year loan.
25/07/17 Michu Oviedo No club FW Ex Spanish international is hanging up his boots due to long term ankle injury! Had spells at Swansea, Napoli...
24/07/17 Pablo Fornals Málaga Villarreal MF Talented youngster returns to club where he started after Villarreal paid €11 Mio buy-out clause. 5 year deal.
24/07/17 Feddal (MOR) Alavés Betis DF Good season has attracted interest, and paying around €3 Mio fee to sign him on four year contract.
24/07/17 Cejudo Betis Western Sydney Wanderers (AUS) MF Out of contract at Betis, and takes up offer as "Marquee" player, joining ex team mate Oriol Riera in Australia.
24/07/17 Barba (ITA) Empoli (ITA) Sporting Gijón DF Moved quickly to replace Meré, and have signed Italian for €1 Mio plus variables on 3 year deal.
24/07/17 Bardají Real Sociedad Huesca GK Rulli's understudy agrees to rescind contract, and will be joining Rubi on three year deal.
22/07/17 Velázquez (URU) Atlético Madrid / Sporting Braga (POR) Getafe DF No place in Simeone's squad after loan at Braga, so returns to Getafe. Have also signed Djene from Belgium.
22/07/17 Kuzmanovic (SER) Basel (CHE) Málaga MF Has recovered from heel injury which kept him out for much of last season, and extends loan for another year.
21/07/17 Danilo (BZL) Real Madrid Manchester City (ENG) DF Another who is leaving after failing to hold done first team spot. City paying €30 + 5 variable, and signs for 5 years.
21/07/17 Antunes (POR) Dynamo Kiev (UKR) Getafe DF Ex Málaga left back is returning to La Liga! Joins on loan with €2.5 Mio obligatory purchase clause next summer.
21/07/17 Manojlovic (SER) Red Star Belgrade (SER) Getafe GK Wanted to sign Everton's Joel, but too expensive, so have agreed 4 year deal with young keeper. Fee +/- E1.25 Mio.
21/07/17 Faurlín (ARG) Getafe Cruz Azul (MEX) MF Ex QPR man helped Getafe go up, but has received an offer he can't refuse from Paco Jémez's club.
21/07/17 Fabian Schär CHE) Hoffenheim (GER)
Deportivo DF Have signed Swiss international defender on four year deal. Fee reportedly around €4 Mio.
21/07/17 Stuani (URU) Middlesbrough (ENG) Girona FW Second signing from Boro, ex Espanyol striker returns to Spain for undisclosed fee. 3 year contract.
21/07/17 Manquillo Atlético Madrid / Sunderland (ENG) Newcastle (ENG) DF Full back has been on loan in UK for 2 years, and will be joining Benítez on fixed contract. Reported fee +/- €5 Mio.
21/07/17 Xisco Muangthong United (THA) Osasuna FW Ex Depor & Newcastle striker returning to Spain after playing in Thailand. Signs for 2 seasons.
21/07/17 Jesús Fernández / Josep Señe Cádiz / Celta Cultural Leonesa GK / FW Strengthening squad with two experienced players. Have also signed Yasser from Qatar.
21/07/17 Remiro Athletic Bilbao / Levante Huesca GK Youth international keeper was called back from Levante loan last winter, but goes out again to Huesca.
20/07/17 Víctor Alvarez Espanyol Arsenal Tula (RUS) DF Surprised to hear that he had joined Arsenal after contract not renewed last month, but it's the one in Russia!
21/07/17 Shibasaki (JPN) Kashima Antlers (JPN) / Tenerife Getafe FW Tenerife wanted to keep Gaku after 6 month loan, but decides to sign 4 year deal with club they lost to in play-offs.
20/07/17 Jorge Meré Sporting Gijón Cologne (GER) DF Were close to selling him to Málaga, but German side stepped in to offer club record €9 Mio fee. No brainer!
20/07/17 Carles Gil Aston Villa (ENG) Deportivo MF Had several offers after loan at Depor, but agrees to return to Riazor on another loan with obligatory buy-out.
19/07/17 Morata Real Madrid Chelsea (ENG) FW Linked with several clubs this summer including Man U & Milan, but Chelsea got him with €80 Mio bid!
19/07/17 Fayçal Fajr (MOR / FRA) Deportvo Getafe MF Has not played much under Pepe Mel, and has agreed to rescind contract and move on. Signs for 2 years.
18/07/17 Mateu García (ARG) Las Palmas Osasuna MF Youngster had to move on to make space for new signings and to get playing time. One year loan.
18/07/17 Antonio Sivera Valencia B Alavés GK Spain's U19 keeper signs for 4 years to compete with Pacheco. Fee only €2 Mio, but Ches keep buy-back option.
17/07/17 Eraso Athletic Bilbao Leganés FW Already spent 2 seasons at Lega, and agrees to rescind contract and sign 4 year deal. Athletic want buy-back clause.
17/07/17 Paulo Oliveira (POR) Sporting Lisbon (POR) Eibar DF Paying €4 Mio for 70% of righrs, with €8 Mio buy out option, a new club record! Signs to 2021.
17/07/17 Markel Bergara Real Sociedad Getafe MF Not really in Eusebio's plans, so has agreed terms to rescind contract and takes up offer to join Getafe.
17/07/17 Enes Bardhi (MAC) Ujpest Dozsa (HUN) Levante MF Played against Spain in U21 Euro finals, and have paid €1.5 Mio to sign him on 3 year deal + 2 optional.
17/07/17 Masip Barcelona Valladolid GK Barça's third choice keeper decides to call it a day, and accepts offer to join Valladolid until 2020.
17/07/17 Alex Berenguer Osasuna Torino (ITA) MF Raising funds by selling rising star for €5.5 Mio, plus € 1 Mio variables. Anti-Athletic clause included too!
17/07/17 Fran Sandaza Girona Al Ahli (QTR) FW No place in 1st divn squad, so agrees to join Caparrós in Qatar. Played previously at FC Tokyo.
17/07/17 Lozano (HON) Olimpia (HON) / Tenerife Barcelona B FW Tenerife wanted to keep "Choco" after loan, but Barça have paid €1.5 Mio clause to bring him to Mini-Stadi.
16/07/17 Diego Alves (BZL) Valencia Flamengo (BZL)
GK Was close to joining Depor, but salary was a problem, so has agreed terms to return to Brazil. Fee +/- €500K?
15/07/17 Nolito Manchester City (ENG) Sevilla FW Didn't make much impression since moving from Celta last summer, so have agreed €9 Mio fee for him to come back.
15/07/17 José Angel Porto (POR) / Villarreal Eibar DF Ex Sporting left back was on loan at Villarrea last season, and agrees to rescind contract & sign for 3 years.
15/07/17 Lobotka (SVK) Nordsjælland (DEN) Celta MF Fishing in Denmark again, but this time signing is Slovakian U21 inrernational, on 5 year deal.
15/07/17 Amorebieta (SPA / VEN) Sporting Gijón Independiente de Avellaneda (ARG) DF Venezuelan born Basque making his first move out of Europe after playing for Fulham & Boro. Signs for 2 years
14/07/17 Joan Jordán Espanyol / Valladolid Eibar MF Catalan midfielder signs for 3 years, fee around €1 Mio + variables. Espanyol keep 1st refusal + 20& rights.
14/07/17 Wakaso (GHA) Panathinaikos (GRE) / Granada Alavés MF The Bad Boy is back! Only 26 years old, and already his 6th La Liga club (not to mention Rubin Kazan, Celtic etc…).
14/07/17 Elustondo Athletic Bilbao Atlético Nacional (COL) DF Contract not renewed at San Mamés, and will try his luck joining coach Lillo in Medellín.
14/07/17 Montoro Las Palmas Granada MF Another Spanish signing for Oltra! Was out of contract at Las Palmas, and joins on 3 year deal.
14/07/17 Quique Almería Osasuna FW Changing all their forward line, and joins David Rodríguez and others for €1.5 Mio. 5 year deal.
14/07/17 Akram Afif (QTR) Villarreal / Sporting Gijón KAS Eupen (BEL) FW Qatari forward has to go out on loan again to gain experience after spell in Gijón. Played for Eupen before.
14/07/17 Holgersson (SWE) Aalborg (DEN)
Lorca DF Defender who has played for Wigan & NY Red Bulls strengthens defence of new boys in their 1st season in 2nd divn.