As the beep sounded at the end of the transfer window show in Spain on Monday night, the overwhelming voice from the fans was filled with disappointment and some angry screams from Valencia fans.
Diario AS reported on Tuesday that the Spanish league has seen a 65% drop in overall cash amounts compared to last year. Last summer € 1.3 billion and only € 410 million (£ 372 million) was spent. this time.
To underline this trend, Real Madrid have not signed a single player for the first time in 40 years.
But more than the expected drop in total money spent and more than Madrid’s decision not to buy anyone (they told us they won’t attract anyone), what angers fans is the way the club is acting – Barcelona in particular, Atletico Madrid and Valencia.
For Barca fans, going overboard with the event metaphor means “see what you can win”. What happened to Memphis Depay? Do you remember Latauro Martinez and Georginio Vinaldum? And Eric Garcia, wouldn’t he join if they could sell a center-back?
They have distributed Luis Suarez and Rafinha and sold Arthur Melo, Arturo Vidal, Ivan Rakitic and Nelson Semedo and appear to have sold some of the dolls to their followers.
Barcelona announced a € 97 million loss last season on Monday morning, almost as if to remind fans that the frugal window was justified.
But fans are still confused as to why they haven’t received an entry fee for Brazilian midfielder Rafinha or Suarez.
They are also trying to find out why they loaned Benfica center-back Jean-Claire Todibo for € 2 million but failed to find a replacement for Manchester City’s Eric Garcia. . The deal will now run for next summer, but meanwhile Ronald Koeman is weak in the area of the pitch which is already worrying him.
Not only did Atletico Madrid fail to buy anyone on the last day, they also sold midfielder Thomas Partay to Arsenal for € 50 million. Your supporters are not happy.
Some have accused the former Atletico youth team of leaving the window too late. Others were upset with the club, saying they purposely sold him too late to apologize for not being able to buy a replacement.
It is true that Lucas Torreira is waiting in Madrid to replace him as a substitute for cheap loans. But given the fact that Parthey played 90 minutes over the weekend, Atletico looked genuinely surprised when Arsenal decided on the last day of the window to repeal the release clause.
Now they have at least one month left to sign a replacement as the club’s waiver clause has been paid for by Arsenal, leaving the Spanish club with no choice but to sell. Every player who enters extra time must be from the Spanish league.
Valencia is worse than anyone. And this time, the club’s fans are not divided on who is to blame. Owner Peter Lim sold some of the big players in the summer. Rodrigo moved to Leeds, Danny Parejo and Francis Kokulin to Villarreal and Ferran Torres to Manchester City.
Back then, the club had not signed, even under the low expectations of coach Xavi Gracia who could still think about his future at the club.
If the transfer window has a winner, it’s most likely Seville. They are not only out with Jules Kunde as one of them, but they are supported by the arrival of Dutch center-back Hertha Berlin Karim Rekick for € 2 million and winger AZ Alkmaar Osama Idrisi for € 12 million. .
Maybe this is the year they can challenge the top three.
Real Madrid and Barcelona still have the best teams. And after Madrid sold the player for € 89 million with Sergio Reguilon to Tottenham and Ahraf Hakimi’s transfer to Inter, which resulted in € 70 million, Madrid achieved that goal in terms of cost reduction.
In January there is still a window where all the clubs can be repaired. But as predicted by Barcelona’s financial accounts on Monday, it won’t get any easier any time soon.
As it is unlikely that spectators will be sent back to Camp Nou any time soon, sales are estimated at 791 million euros for this season. Taking last season’s costs into account, it was £ 959 million (£ 871 million), underscoring the need to cut costs.
Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid will share an envious look at the Premier League and hope Sergio Reguilon and Thomas Parthey will not do too well in their first season in England.