Between the league seasons of the coronavirus pandemic, the football transfer market that closed on Monday in Spain and much of Europe has been warm and austere, in keeping with the times, but also uneven. LaLiga has been the great European competition that more reduction has had in its spending, with disappointment after disappointment in almost every club that tried to sign and, the day after closing, with more leaked explanations than presentations in style.
Spending on transfers for the Premier League this summer market, although it closed in October, has been practically twice as much as the next continental competition, Serie A. The financial muscle that the English teams have accumulated has allowed them to buy a lot and cheaply, given the greater deficiencies of the rest, also from the Spanish LaLiga, which has gone to the wagon of those who sell more than they buy.
The LaLiga model, which in recent years had approached the English spending figures based on an aggressive and expansionary economy, has led to a historical reduction in its numbers. The market in Spain has been constricted, it has been locked in inactivity in the face of danger, like a turtle in its shell waiting for the storm to pass. La Liga clubs have transferred little more than 400 million euros, Europe’s fourth league, almost 1 billion away from the Premier League.
Among the greats of La Liga, the Barça He has run out of the striker and without the center-back he intended, the Madrid nor has he considered signing, just selling, and the Athletic has traded Thomas for 50 million and a loan. Worse are in Valencia, where they have not signed anyone after letting out eight main players from their last squad.
Only the Sevilla It has been reinforced according to their expectations, with 65 million investment, with two signings on the last day and without any momentous sale, neither that of a Koundé for which Manchester City offered more than 50 million euros. The rest have been disappointments, like that of Athletic with Llorente, or dozens of assignments to complete the squads in that way.
Drama and LaLiga
The Premier has spent 400 million euros less than in the last summer transfer window, a significant but not dramatic figure like the more than 1,000 million euros less that have been invested this year in La Liga.
Among the lists of the most expensive transactions of the summer, the top ten are dominated by the English league. Among them, the three Chelsea signings for just over 180 million (Havertz, Werner y Chilwell), Manchester City’s investment of more than 110 million in two power plants (Ake and Dias) and the great movement of the closing day: the 50 million that Arsenal paid for Thomas to Atlético.
In addition to the trap of Barça and Juve to balance accounts with the exchange of Arthur and Pjanic, among the most expensive the signing of Oshimen for Naples (70 million) and Sané for Bayer (45 million).
Below an average of just over 500 million euros of decrease in the movement of money with transfers, more or less shared among the major European leagues, is the French Ligue 1, which is already the third European market ahead of Spain.