With the January transfer window coming to a close on Wednesday with some fantastic signings for some of the 20 La Liga clubs with many players departing as well. I take a closer look at what has happened in the past month.
The biggest deal of the window was of course Philippe Coutinho’s long awaited move from Liverpool to Barcelona with the Brazilian joining for 120 million euros.
Coutinho was one of two players to sign on at the Camp Nou with defender Yerry Mina joining from Palmeiras for 11.8 million euros bringing the total spending at Barca to 131.8 million euros with the Catalans being the highest spenders in the league, with almost double the amount of money spent as the second highest team in Atletico Madrid who spent 66 million euros.
Atleti’s spending consisted of two players of their own with Diego Costa returning to the club from Chelsea as well as a deal that saw Vitolo move to the Wanda Metopolitano from Sevilla via Las Palmas.
Perhaps surprisingly, Real Madrid were the only team who didn’t participate in the transfer market with not one player joining or leaving the Bernabeu club.
Athletic Bilbao and Valencia were also big spenders in the window with those two spending 46 million euros combined. Athletic only made one signing but it was a big one with defender Inigo Martinez joining from local rivals Real Sociedad right at the end of the window. Valencia saw Francis Coquelin join the club from Arsenal with Luciano Vietto signing on loan from Atletico Madrid.
Bottom two clubs Malaga and Las Palmas were the busiest two clubs with numerous incomings and outgoings in the window.
The January window also saw 11 ex-La Liga players return to the Spanish top flight either on loan or on a permanent deal, Diego Costa, Philippe Coutinho, Coke, Manuel Iturra, Ruben Rochina, Isaac Success, Marc Bartra, Hector Moreno, Roque Mesa, Sandro Ramirez and Carlos Sanchez all heading back to La Liga.
In total the 20 La Liga clubs combined spent 277,100,000 euros in the window with over 50 players either moving to La Liga or joining from another Primera club.
Club by Club Signings:
In: Martinez (Real Sociedad)
Out: Laporte (Man City), Boveda (Deportivo), Villalibre (Lorca LOAN)
In: Guidetti (Celta Vigo LOAN), Perez (Espanyol LOAN)
Out: Zidane (Lausanne), Emanuel (Rudes), Romero (Shanghai Shenhua END OF LOAN)
In: Costa (Chelsea), Vitolo (Sevilla via Las Palmas)
Out: Vietto (Valencia LOAN), Moreira (Belenenses LOAN), Augusto (Beijing Renhe)
In: Coutinho (Liverpool), Mina (Palmeiras), Samper (Las Palmas END OF LOAN)
Out: Mascherano (Hebei China Fortune), Turan (Istanbul Basaksehir LOAN), Deulofeu (WatfordLOAN), Rafinha (Inter LOAN)
In: Mazan (MSK Zilina), Boye (Torino LOAN)
Out: Guidetti (Alaves LOAN), Bongonda (Zulte Waregem LOAN), Villar (Levante LOAN), Lemos (Lugo LOAN), Hjulsager (Granada LOAN)
Deportivo La Coruna:
In: Krohn-Dehli (Celta Vigo), Boveda (Athletic Bilbao), Koval (Dynamo Kyiv LOAN)
Out: Arribas (Pumas), Garcia (Numancia LOAN), Pantilimon (Watford END OF LOAN), Gama (Released)
In: Orellana (Valencia LOAN), Diop (Espanyol), Jovanovic (Bordeaux LOAN)
Out: Rivera (Barcelona B LOAN), Galvez (Las Palmas LOAN), Nano (Sporting Gijon LOAN), Bebe (Rayo Vallecano LOAN)
In: Sanchez (Fiorentina LOAN)
Out: Fuego (Villarreal), Diop (Eibar), Perez (Alaves LOAN), Vazquez (Gimnastic LOAN)
In: Remy (Las Palmas LOAN), Cabrera (Crotone LOAN), Ibanez (Valencia)
Out: Gorosito (Albacete), Chuli (Lugo LOAN), Scepovic (Videoton), Ibanez (Osasuna LOAN), Yoda (Reus LOAN), Lacen (Released)
In: Lozano (Barcelona B)
Out: Sandaza (Qingdao Huanghai), Boulaya (Metz LOAN), Moreno (Man City END OF LOAN), Martinez (Peralada)
In: Jairo (Mainz), Penalba (Cruz Azul), Aguirregaray (Tijuana LOAN), Gil (Valencia LOAN), Emenike (Olympiacos LOAN), Etebo (Feirense LOAN), Galvez (Eibar LOAN)
Out: Lemos (Sassuolo LOAN), Artiles (Cordoba), Hernan (Sporting Gijon), Herrera (Valladolid LOAN), Remy (Getafe LOAN), Garcia (Alcorcon LOAN), Tannane (Saint-Etienne END OF LOAN), Samper (Barcelona END OF LOAN), Vitolo (Atletico Madrid END OF LOAN)
In: Al-Shehri (Al Nassr LOAN)
Out: Moran (AEK Athens), Owusu (Cartagena LOAN), Kone (Eupen LOAN)
In: Sadiku (Legia Warsaw), Pazzini (Hellas Verona LOAN), Al Muwallad (Al Ittihad LOAN), Coke (Schalke LOAN), Villar (Celta Vigo LOAN), Rochina (Rubin Kazan LOAN)
Out: Langerak (Nagoya Grampus), Garcia (Malaga LOAN), Unal (Villarreal LOAN)
In: Miquel (Lugo), Iturra (Necaxa), Garcia (Levante LOAN), Lestienne (Rubin Kazan LOAN), Bueno (Porto LOAN), Success (Watford LOAN), Ideye (Tianjin LOAN)
Out: Baysse (Bordeaux), Cecchini (Leon LOAN), Cifuentes (Albacete LOAN), Jony (Sporting Gijon LOAN), Ontiveros (Valladolid LOAN), Mula (Tenerife LOAN)
In: Bartra (Borussia Dortmund), Castro (Guizou Hengfeng END OF LOAN)
Out: Tosca (Benevento LOAN), Narvaez (Cordoba LOAN), Nahuel (Villarreal END OF LOAN), Gutierrez (Released)
In: Moreno (Roma), Concha (Barcelona B END OF LOAN)
Out: Vela (Los Angeles FC), Martinez (Athletic Bilbao)
In: Arana (Corinthians), Mesa (Swansea LOAN), Layun (Porto LOAN), Sandro (Everton LOAN)
Out: Montoya (Cruz Azul), Krohn-Dehli (Deportivo La Coruna), Lasso (Osasuna LOAN)
In: Coquelin (Arsenal), Vietto (Atletico Madrid LOAN)
Out: Ibanez (Getafe), Orellana (Eibar LOAN), Gil (Las Palmas LOAN)
In: Fuego (Espanyol), Al-Dawsari (Al Hilal LOAN), Martinez (Jiangsu Suning LOAN), Unal (Levante END OF LOAN)
Out: Bakambu (Beijing Guoan), Afif (Al Sadd LOAN), Nahuel (Barcelona B LOAN)