The Best: Five La Liga transfers who will be a success this seasonAugust 16, 2018
We take a look at five of the new faces in Spanish Football, who we believe will have a huge impact at their clubs.
It has been a summer of ins and outs in La Liga with the likes of Barcelona, Sevilla and Valencia all spending big, but allowing players to leave the club too.
Real Madrid have been fairly subdued but their loss of Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus was perhaps the biggest transfer move of the summer in Spain.
William Carvalho – Sporting to Real Betis
The Portuguese midfielder has arrived to bolster Quique Setien’s midfield options and provide the Andalusian side with defensive cover. The experience he brings to the Benito Villamarin will see Betis have a good shot at the Europa League; qualifying for the competition following a superb end to the domestic season last term which saw them finish higher than arch rivals, Sevilla.
Michy Batshuayi – Chelsea to Valencia
Adequate that Michy has Bat in his surname and Valencia have the infamous black bat in their club logo – and much has been played on this during his presentation and signing at the club.
Arriving on a one-year loan deal from English club Chelsea, the Belgian striker is determined to prove his worth and comes off the back of good form for his country at the World Cup in Russia, where his limited appearances were met with high praise. With Simone Zaza’s future at the club in doubt, Batshuayi is expected to get a good number of goals this term.
Thomas Lemar – Monaco to Atletico Madrid
The Frenchman was a World Cup winner, despite not featuring for his country in Russia but his arrival at Atleti is a big one – having rejected the temptation of Arsenal from England and Juventus from Italy.
Having joined Monaco in 2015, Lemar has been in impressive form for some-time, netting 22 goals in 127 games in France, whilst gaining countless assists.
Thibaut Courtois – Chelsea to Real Madrid
Courtois may have raised eyebrows at joining Real Madrid this summer, given his time with rivals Atleti – but he is expected to be a superb signing – given his former for Chelsea and his country at the World Cup this summer in Russia.
The former Chelsea man is delighted to have moved back to Madrid, re-joining his family who reside in the Spanish capital. Expect to become a perfect long term replacement for Keylor Navas, who is expected to play a big part role at the club for the foreseeable.
Malcom – Bordeaux to Barcelona
What a start for young Malcom at Barcelona. Impressive during their United States tour and a goal in the annual Joan Gamper trophy, the Brazilian is on his way to warranting his price tag and Barca’s late move for the winger, who was destined to arrive at Roma.