The Big Spanish Off-Season Moves Of 2012
Barcelona and Real Madrid have been relatively quiet this off-season, so Sports Pundit has decided to look around La Liga to see the big transfers during the past few months.
The Title Contenders
The champions haven’t made any major changes this off-season, retaining the bulk of their team although the futures of Kaka and Nuri Sahin remain in some doubt, while they have been linked with Luka Modric.
Full-back Jordi Alba adds another dimension to this talented Barca squad, who should have David Villa back to full fitness next term. Keita has departed for China.
Valencia Arrivals: Fernando Gago (Real Madrid), Andres Guardado (Deportivo Coruna), Moya (Getafe), Joao Pereira (Sporting Lisbon), Jonathan Viera (Las Palmas), Sergio Canales (Real Madrid), Didac Vila (AC Milan - loan) Departures: Jordi Alba (FC Barcelona), Hedwiges Meduro (Sevilla), Mehmet Topal (Fenerbahce), Michel (Levante), Aritz Aduriz (Valencia), Bruno Saltor (released)
Los Che have made several changes this off-season following Jordi Alba’s €14m departure to Barcelona while the sales of Aduriz and Topal have helped the coffers too. Gago is a big addition to their midfield, while Guardado and Pereira are likely starters.
There’s been little change at Malaga, despite their Qatari owners’ previous big-spending ways. Dutch striker Van Nistelrooy has hung up the boots, while hanging on to Santi Cazorla appears to be a key part of business to tend to this off-season.
Atletico Madrid Arrivals: Cata Diaz (Getafe), Cebolla Rodriguez (FC Porto), Diego Costa (Rayo Vallecano), Emre Belozoglu (Fenerbahce) Departures: Ruben Perez (Real Betis), Antonio Lopez (Mallorca), Álvaro Domínguez (Moenchengladbach)
Cata Diaz and Cebolla Rodriguez are two players who should slot into the Mattress Makers side. Atletico have sold defender Álvaro Domínguez for €8 million to German club Moenchengladbach in some good business.
Sevilla Arrivals: Diego Lopez (Villarreal), Bernardo (Racing Santander), Hedwiges Meduro (Valencia), Geoffrey Kondogbia (Lens), Cicinho (Palmeiras) Departures: Javi Varas (Celta Vigo), Alexis (Getafe), Arouna Kone (Levante), Frederic Kanoute (Beijing Guoan), Julien Escude (Besiktas)
Sevilla have been very big this off-season, with goalkeeper Diego Lopez and defender Bernardo the main two, while Brazilian Cicinho is a recent acquisition. Veterans Kanoute and Escude head out.
The Europa League finalists have made a swift move to sign up Aritz Aduriz from Valencia. The 31-year-old returns back to Basque Country after several years at Mallorca and Valencia.
Levante Arrivals: Arouna Kone (Sevilla), Michel (Valencia) Departures: Asier del Horno (released), Ruben Suarez (Levante), Javi Venta (Villarreal)
Osasuna Arrivals: Arribas (Rayo Vallecano), Armenteros (Sevilla), Sisi (Valladolid) Departures: Sergio Fernandez (Gijon), Ricardo (released), Javier Calleja (released), Ibrahima Balde (Kuban Krasnodar), Javad Nekounam (Esteghlal)
Real Mallorca Arrivals: Antonio Lopez (Atletico Madrid), Javi Marquez (Espanyol) Departures: Sergio Tejera (Espanyol), Gonzalo Castro (Real Sociedad), Marvin Ogunjimi (Standard Liege), Gianni Zuiverloon (Heerenveen – loan), Ivan Ramis (West Ham)
Getafe Arrivals: Moya (Valencia), David Abraham (Basel), Alexis (Sevilla), Pedro Leon (Real Madrid), Lafita (Real Zaragoza) Departures: Cata Diaz (Atletico Madrid)
Real Sociedad Arrivals: Gonzalo Castro (Mallorca) Departures: Mikel Aranburu (retired), Vadim Demidov (Eintracht Frankfurt)
Real Betis Arrivals: Paulao (Saint Etienne), Ruben Perez (Atletico Madrid), Salvador Agra (Olhanense), Joel Campbell (Arsenal - loan) Departures: Jefferson Montero (Villarreal), Roque Santa Cruz (Manchester City)
Espanyol Arrivals: Diego Colotto (Deportivo Coruna), Sergio Tejera (Mallorca), Joan Capdevila (Benfica) Departures: Vladimir Weiss (Manchester City), Javi Marquez (Mallorca), Kalu Uche (Kasimpasa)
Rayo Vallecano Arrivals: Nicki Bille (Villarreal) Departures: Arribas (Osasuna), Raul Tamudo (Pachuca), Raul Bravo (released), Diego Costa (Atletico Madrid), Armenteros (Osasuna), Michu (Swansea City)
Real Zaragoza Arrivals: Paco Montanes (Alcorcon), Franco Zuculini (Hoffenheim), Álvaro González (Racing Santander), Glenn Loovens (Celtic), Javi Alamo (Recreativo) Departures: Lafita (Getafe), David Mateos (Real Madrid), Paulo Da Silva (Pachuca)
Granada Arrivals: Marco Floro Flores (Udinese), Gabriel Torje (Udinese), Tono (Racing Santander), Borja Gomez (Karpaty Lviv), Youssef El-Arabi (Al Hilal) Departures: Yohan Mollo (Nancy)
Deportivo Coruna Arrivals: Andre Santos (Sporting Lisbon) Departures: Andres Guardado (Valencia), Diego Colotto (Espanyol), Claudio Morel (Independiente)
Celta Vigo Arrivals: Javi Varas (Sevilla), Samuel Llorca (Hercules) Departures: None
Valladolid Arrivals: Antonio Rukavina (1860 Munich), Patrick Ebert (Hertha Berlin) Departures: Sisi (Osasuna)
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