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So it happened, Paris Saint Germain handed over a cheque for €222 million, and Neymar has left the Nou Camp to take up residence in Paris! The fee more than doubled the previous highest transfer (€105 Mio for Pogba), and the break-up of the legendary MSN strike force has left Barça reeling. Now of course everyone knows that they have money in the bank, and the asking price for players such as Coutinho and Dembélé has gone through the roof. With two weeks to go to the only signing they have made to date is that of Paulinho (even he cost €40 Mio!), and there is a division of opinion at the club whether they should bring in new faces at any price, or use the B team (now in the second division) as a back-up. A defeat to the old rival Real Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup may force their hand however.

Madrid themselves seem happy with their lot, and Zidane has said that he would only sign Mbappé if e.g. Gareth Bale moved on. Manchester United are waiting in the wings, but Bale himself said he is content at the Bernabeu and has no intention of swapping sunny Spain for the not so sunny North of England. Mbappé destination may now even be PSG, although financial fair play rules are making the Qatari owners think twice about dipping in to what for them is their petty cash box to fork out the €180 Mio Mónaco are asking for him.

Meanwhile back on planet normal the transfer market rolls on, with Sevilla signing Kjaer and Jesús Navas since our last report, and their city neighbours Betis tying up Boudebouz and Javi García. Villarreal moved quickly to replace Soldado (who has gone to Fenerbahçe) with ex Sevilla striker Bacca, Espanyol have shored up their defence with Naldo, Atlético have offloaded Kranevitter, Santos Borré and Amath, and Carlos Vela has announced that he is off to join the new MLS franchise Los Angeles FC, but only in January, so Real Sociedad can still avail of his services in the meantime.

A bit of a lull though for the next few days as clubs concentrate on the opening weekend of the new season, but expect things to pick up again as we approach the transfer deadline, which in Spain has been set at midnight on 1 st September, a day later than almost everywhere else. As we say over here, “las cosas del palacio van despacio”! (15.08.17)

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
14/08/17 Paulinho (BZL) Guangzhou Evergrande (CHN) Barcelona MF Barça have announced that ex Spurs midfielder has signed for 4 years. Fee around €40 Mio.
14/08/17 Bacca (COL) AC Milan (ITA) Villarreal FW Got ahead of several clubs to bring ex Sevilla striker back to Spain, replacing Soldado. Loan with €18 Mio buy out.
14/08/17 Javi García Zenit (RUS) Betis MF Signing of Kranevitter means ex Real Madrid & Man City player can move on. Fee reportedly around €1.5 Mio.
14/08/17 Mathias Olivera (URU) Atenas (URU) Club Nacional (URU) / Getafe DF Deal similar to Arambarri. Club Nacional signed left back from Atenas and are loaning him out to Getafe.
11/08/17 Adrián López Porto (POR) / Villarreal Deportivo FW Forward will be staying in Spain after agreeing new loan deal with buy-out option. Played at Depor before.
11/08/17 Naldo (BZL) Krasnodar (RUS) Espanyol DF Played for Quique at Getafe, and returns to Spain on 3 year deal, + 1 optional. Fee a bit over €2 Mio?
11/08/17 Marc Muniesa Stoke (ENG) Girona DF Has been allowed to leave after Stoke signed new players, and moving back to Catalonia on loan.
11/08/17 Tomás Pina Club Brugge (BEL)
Alavés MF Ex Mallorca & Villarreal midfielder returns to Spain after a year in Belgium. Loan deal with purchase option.
11/08/17 David Concha Real Sociedad Barcelona B MF Not really in Eusebio's plans after early promise, and moves on one year loan to reboot career.
11/08/17 Michael Santos (URU) Málaga Sporting Gijón FW Didn't feature much after joining last summer, so agrees to loan to Asturians to get more playing time.
10/08/17 Mikel Villanueva Málaga Cádiz DF Defender renews contract to 2020, but moves on loan for a year on to make room for new signings.
10/08/17 Amath (SEN / ESP) Atlético Madrid / Tenerife Getafe FW Had a good season on loan at Tenerife, and is moving on again. Transfer, but Atlético keep 50% rights.
10/08/17 Diamanka (SEN) Almería Numancia MF Eighth signing by Soria based side, and so far have not spent anything! Joins as free agent on 2 year deal.
10/08/17 Sergio Díaz (PAR) Real Madrid Castilla Lugo FW Talented youngster was expected to join Rayo, but in the end Lugo got ahead to take him on loan.
09/08/17 Soldado Villarreal Fenerbahçe (TKY) FW Ex Valencia & Spurs striker has accepted offer from Turkish side, who are paying €5 Mio buy-out clause.
09/08/17 Carlos Vela (MEX) Real Sociedad Los Angeles FC (USA) FW Have agreed he will join newly formed MLS team in January. Paying around €5 Mio for him.
09/08/17 Arambarri (URU) Girondins Bordeaux (FRA) Boston River (URU) / Getafe MF Youth international signed by Boston and loaned on to Getafe. Obligatory buy-out if they stay up etc.
09/08/17 Samaras (GRE) Zaragoza Samsuspor (TKY)
FW Ex Celtic striker moving on again after brief spell with Maños. Signs 2 year deal, with option of a third.
08/08/17 Boudebouz (ALG / FRA) Montpellier (FRA) Betis MF Paying €6.5 Mio + variable for 80% of rights of Algerian international. José Carlos loaned to Lorca to make room.
08/08/17 Kranevitter (ARG) Atlético Madrid / Sevilla Zenit (RUS) MF Another who has to move on after loan deal. Reportedly recovering most of €8 Mio they paid for him.
08/08/17 Cotán Sevilla Atlético Valladolid MF Another talented youngster moving on. Free transfer, although Sevilla keep part of transfer rights & first refusal.
08/08/17 Juan Muñoz Sevilla / Levante Almería FW Young striker unable to find place in first team squad, so has to move out again on another loan spell.
07/08/17 Ezequiel Muñoz (ARG / ESP) Genoa (ITA) Leganés DF Are paying €2 Mio to bring defender to Butarque, and will be signing three year contract.
07/08/17 Ivi Sevilla Atlético Levante FW Got ahead of several teams to sign young striker. Fee around €1.5 Mio and will sign 3+1 year deal.
07/08/17 Chori Domínguez (ARG) Olympiacos (GRE) Rayo Vallecano FW 36 year old striker out of contract and is returning to Rayo after 4 years away! Also played at Valencia.
07/08/17 Alex Fernández Elche Cádiz MF Brother of Real Madrid's Nacho moving on again after Elche relegated. Signs two year contract.
04/08/17 Toquero Alavés Zaragoza FW "El Lehendakari" turned down offer of renewal, and agrees to join Maños for 2 years, with option of a third.
04/08/17 Santos Borré (COL) Atlético Madrid / Villarreal River Plate (ARG) FW No place in Simeone's squad after loan, so agree €3 Mio move to River. Atleti keep 50% transfer rights.
04/08/17 Doukouré (IVC) Metz (FRA) Levante MF Have agreed fee of around €1.6 Mio to sign Ivory coast international on four year contract.
04/08/17 Víctor Rodríguez / Nacho Cases Sporting Gijón Seattle Sounders / AEK Larnaca MF Missed these! Both players ended contracts after club relegated, and move on to pastures new...
03/08/17 Neymar (BZL) Barcelona Paris St Germain (FRA) FW Confirmed! PSG deposit cheque for €222 Mio with LFP for buy but out clause, doubling highest ever transfer fee!
03/08/17 Cristian Alvarez (ARG) No club Zaragoza GK Signed ex Espanyol & Rayo keeper for 1 year, + option for 2 more. Didn't play last season for personal reasons.
03/08/17 Manu Herrera Betis Osasuna GK Out of contract at Betis, and joins to compete with namesake Sergio, signed from Huesca.
02/08/17 Negredo Valencia / Middlesbrough (ENG) Besiktas (TKY) FW Striker moves on again after loan at Boro. Transfer fee around €2 Mio, although also frees up high salary cost.
02/08/17 Diego González Sevilla Atlético Málaga DF U21 international signs 4 year deal. Fee €500K + €1 Mio variable, with €6 Mio buy-back clause.
01/08/17 Jesús Navas Manchester City (ENG) Sevilla MF Spanish international winger out of contract, and will be coming back to his old club! Signs for 3 years.
01/08/17 Rodrigo Ely (BZL) AC Milan (ITA)
Alavés DF Were talking of new loan deal after successful 6 month loan last season, but in the end agreed terms for transfer.
01/08/17 Unai López Athletic Bilbao / Leganés Rayo Vallecano MF Was on loan at Leganés last season, but has to go out again as over-booking in midfield positions.
01/08/17 Tino Costa (ARG) San Lorezo (ARG) Almería MF Remember him? His best days were at Valencia! Has rescinded contract and will be returning to Spain this season.
01/08/17 Emiliano Martínez (ARG)
Arsenal (ENG) Getafe GK Rumoured to be signing Joel or Yañez, but in the end have agree to take Arsenal keeper on one year loan.
01/08/17 Ouasim Bouy (NED / MOR) Juventus (ITA) / Zwolle (HOL) Leeds Utd (ENG) / Cultural Leonesa MF Dutch youth international signs 4 year deal at Leeds and is loaned out for a year to Cultural.
31/07/17 Simon Kjaer (DEN) Fenerbahçe (TKY) Sevilla DF Denmark team captain has played in several countries, and signs 4 year deal. Reported fee around €10 Mio?
31/07/17 Rescaldani (ARG) Atl. Nacional (COL) / Tallers (ARG) Huesca FW Striker had unsuccessful spell at Málaga, and takes up one year loan deal after loan at Talleres.
31/07/17 Mariga (KEN) US Latina (ITA) Oviedo MF McDonald's in Oviedo? Ex Inter & Real Sociedad midfielder returns to La Liga on one year deal.