Could La Liga See Transfer Action in Dying Days of the Window?

Matt Biggin
Matt Biggin

published 05:36, 09 September 2023

La Liga could see some last-minute transfer deals from across the globe happening this week.
The Spanish transfer window slams shut at 11pm BST on Friday 1st September, and we could
see a few late flurries from teams in that time.

The big clubs all appear to have gotten their business done early, and should be quiet for the remainder of the window.

Real Madrid splashed the cash on Borussia Dortmund midfielder Jude Bellingham, and also loaned goalkeeper Kepa Arizzabalaga.

Meanwhile, reigning champions Barcelona snapped up former Man City midfielder Ilkay Gündogan on a free transfer, as well as buying Girona’s former Southampton and Chelsea midfielder Oriol Romeu.

Atlético Madrid, on the other hand, signed César Azpilicueta on a free from Chelsea, and welcomed back club icon Antoine Griezmann from Barcelona in a €20m deal.

Among the league’s most high-profile departures saw Matheus Cunha leave Atlético for Premier League side Wolves, whilst Karim Benzema joined Saudi giants Al-Ittihad, and Villarreal lost striker Nicolas Jackson to Chelsea and Pau Torres to Aston Villa.

It is a transitional period for many of the top leagues in Europe, and the spectre of Saudi Arabia looms large.

Whilst most of the league will be too concerned about losing their players to the Saudi Pro League, it is, of course, still a concern, particularly as the transfer window in Saudi Arabia is due to stay open for a week longer than the European one.

This could leave clubs vulnerable to losing players without the opportunity to replace them.

Elsewhere, there are due to be some further moves happening across La Liga over the rest of
the week.

One of the latest stories to break is that Manchester United have offered their French striker Anthony Martial to Real Madrid.

United are seemingly looking for additional firepower, with disgraced Mason Greenwood set to be released, and new signing Rasmus Højlund injured, and there is hope that a deal for Martial could free up some funds.

Real manager Carlo Ancelotti recently declared his club’s transfer business finished, but this was before talismanic forward Vinicius Junior picked up an injury.

This has left the Spanish giants a little short of firepower, and a stop-gap loan move for a player like Martial might not be
entirely out of the question.

However, the Frenchman’s poor form and injury-plagued career mean he might not be the man for Madrid.

In other La Liga transfer news, Rangers’ Romanian attacker Ianis Hagi is set to undergo a medical ahead of a loan move to Alaves, and Arsenal full back Kieran Tierney completed his loan move to Real Sociedad on Sunday.

In terms of rumours, Manchester United centre back was linked with a move to Real Madrid earlier in the window, though that feels unlikely.

The biggest rumour is that Liverpool couldmove to sign João Felix from Atlético, should Mo Salah complete a shock move to Saudi Arabia this week.

According to reports, the Spanish club would accept a fee in the region of around £80m for the attacker. Of course, this hinges on the situation with Salah, who so far seems content to stay on Merseyside, at least for the duration of the season.

With only a few days of the transfer window left, there could be some more twists in the tail, and we might even see a couple of shock arrivals or departures.

But, from what we’ve seen so far, it should be a fairly low-key end to the transfer window for Spanish clubs.

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