The financial hits felt all over Europe took Spain a bit more severely than anywhere else, shown by the lack of big transfers made across the board, with Real Madrid not signing even one player. Jordi Alba to Barcelona was the single double-digit transfer during the Spanish summer, heading into the 2012-2013 season in the La Liga.
Aritz Aduriz – Aduriz makes his return to Bilbao for a third spell with the club after two seasons with Valencia, in which the 31 year old striker scored 17 goals in 56 league matches. His fee was €2 million. Bilbao also added 22 year old Ismael Lopez from Lugo on a free transfer.
Daniel Diaz – After 5 seasons with Getafe, the 33 year old centre back was purchased for €1 million.
Cristian Rodriguez – Something that might be a fantastic bargain, landing the Uruguayan international from Porto for free. At 26, Rodriguez needs to try and get over his injury problems, but might turn out to be a very productive winger with Atletico.
Emre Belozoglu – Another free transfer, Emre now adds the La Liga to England and Italy in leagues he’s played in, excluding the obvious Turkish answer. The 31 year old midfielder had a very good season in 2011-2012 with Fenerbahce, missing out on the title but scoring a career high six goals during the league campaign.
Only free transfers – Emiliano Daniel Armenteros, a 26 year old left midfielder from Sevilla after being on loan with Rayo last season; Alejandro Arribas Garrido, a 23 year old centre back from Rayo; Sisi, the tiny yet talented 26 year old winger from Valladolid; Nano, 30 year old winger from Numancia who grew up through the Barcelona youth system.
Making their return to the La Liga, Vigo’s big purchase was Argentinian Augusto Matías Fernández from Velez. The 26 year old winger came for €1.5 million after two years with Velez. He previously played for Saint-Etienne in France and River Plate. Celta also purchased Samuel Llorca Ripoll, a 27 year old centre back from Hercules for €0.5 million. Two more players arrived on loan – Gustavo Daniel Cabral from Arsenal in Argentina (CB) and goalkeeper Javi Varas from Sevilla.
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Only free transfers or loans – Young and talented Nelson Oliveira from Benfica; Roderick Miranda, another Benfica youngster, both on loan; Javier Camuñas Gallego on loan from Villarreal; Carlos Marchena from Villarreal on a free transfer; Abel Aguilar from Hercules on loan; Evaldo, a left back from Sporting CP, on loan; Pizzi, another loan deal, a striker who played for Atletico Madrid last season but belongs to Braga; Diogo Salomão, a 23 year old winger from Sporing CP on loan; André Santos, a defensive midfielder from Sporting CP, on loan.
Just one, the fantastic Jordi Alba from Valencia for €14 million. The 23 year old left back who can also play in a more attacking role on the flank really impressed playing for Spain during Euro 2012, although like the entire U-23 setup, disappointed in London. He has been with Valencia for three seasons, scoring 5 goals and adding 5 assists last season.
Miguel Angel Moya – The 28 year old goalkeeper was purchased for €1.8 million from Valencia after having a very good season with Getafe last season, playing on loan.
Xavi Torres from Malaga came for €0.5 million. The 25 year old defensive midfielder actually played for Levante over the last two seasons, scoring 5 goals in 69 matches; Pedro Leon comes from Real Madrid, on loan, hoping to kick his career back into normal form after wasting away at Real Madrid. Defender Alexis comes from Sevilla, also on loan, continuing his spell from last season. Angel Lafita, the talented winger, comes on a free transfer from Zaragoza; Argentinian David Abraham comes on a free transfer from Basel.
Darwin Machis (19 year old Venezuelan striker) of Udinese came on loan; Youssef El-Arabi of Morocco is surprisingly one of the biggest transfers of the summer, coming from Al-Hilal in Saudi Arabia for €5 million. The 25 year old forward has 10 appearances for the national side. Juan Manuel Ortiz came on a free transfer from Rangers, although he spent half of last season on loan with Almeria. Colombian Brayan Angulo came from Atletico Balearas on a free transfer; Brazilian midfielder Iriney came from Betis for free as well. Antonio Floro Flores came from Udinese on loan, along with Dani Benitez, Diego Mainz, Allan Nyom and Gabriel Torje. Borja Gómez arrived from Lviv for €0.8 million and goalkeeper Toño arrived from Santander.
Dariusz Dudka, a 28 year old Centre back from Auxerre for free; Theofanis Gekas arrived for free from Samsunspor from Turkey after a very productive half season (8 goals, 11 matches for the club; Christian Lell came from Hertha on a free transfer; Nikos Karabelas came from AEK Athens for free; Senegalese midfielder Pape Diop came from Santander for €0.2 million; Goalkeeper Keylor Navas arrived from Alabacete for €0.15 million; Winger Pedro Ríos arrived from Getafe for free, like Michel from Valencia and Angel Rodriguez from Elche.
Got Alejandro Dominguez on a free transfer from Valencia, although he spent last season playing for River Plate on loan; Mohammed Abu of Manchester City, Rubén Martínez of Malaga, Jordi Amat of Espanyol and Nicki Bille of Villarreal came on loan; Alex Galvez, a 23 year old centre back came from Gijon for free; Just like Adrian Gonzalez from Santander and Jose Carlos from AEK Athens.
The biggest name to arrive is Simao Sabrosa, coming back to the La Liga after a season and some with Besiktas in Turkey, making his return at 32 for in a free transfer; Joan Capdevila also came back to the La Liga after one season with Benfica; Sergio Tejera arrived from Mallroca and Argentinian Diego Colotto came on a free transfer from La Coruna. Wakaso Mubarak, the 22 year old Ghanian midfielder arrived from Villarreal for €0.3 million.
One cash purchase – Javi Marquez, the 26 year old midfielder from Espanyol for €1.2 million. Ruben Mino from Barcelona B, Antonio Lopez from Atletico Madrid, a former Spanish international, and Javier Arizmendi from Getafe arrived via free transfers.
Betis signed only one player via free transfer, Paulão, a 30 year old Brazilian centre back from Saint Etienne, who played for Betis on loan last season. Juan Carlos of Braga, Joel Campbell of Arsenal and Ruben Perez of Atletico Madrid arrived via loans.
Jonathan Viera – A 22 year old attacking midfielder who arrived from Las Palmas for €2.5 million. Has 15 goals in 60 appearances for his previous and only club. Sergio Canales from Real Madrid for €5 million, hoping that the 21 year old mega-talent can finally breakthrough with consistent playing time; Fernando Gago, also from Real Madrid, also for €5 million; Andres Guardado, the Mexican winger from Deportivo for free; João Pereira from Sporting CP for €3.7 million.
Jose Angel Valdes of Roma, a 22 year old left back, came on loan; Carlos Vela from Arsenal came on a free transfer after already playing on loan with the club last season, scoring 12 goals; Yuri Berchiche came from Real Union for free; Chori Castro came from Mallorca for free.
Five new arrivals – Lluís Sastre (from Huesca), Patrick Ebert (from Hertha) and Antonio Rukavina (from 1860 Munich) on a free transfer; Omar Ramos from Huesca and Juan Angel Neira from Lanus in Argentina via loan.
One of the busiest sides, who actually spent (very little) money on some players – €1 million on Alvaro Gonzalez from Santander; €0.5 million on Apono from Malaga, Javi Alamo from Recreativo and Paco Montanes from Alcoron. Romaric of Sevilla came via a free transfer, just like Lucas Porcar from Villarreal, Glenn Loovens from Celtic and Franco Zuculini from Hoffenheim. Recio from Malaga and Lucas Wilchez from Colo-Colo arrived on loan.
Purchased Geoffrey Kondogbia, a 19 year old midfielder from Lens for €4 million; Diego Lopez, the goalkeeper from Villarreal for €3 million; Alberto Botia of Sporting Gijon for €2.5 million; Cicinho from Palmeiras for €2 million; Hedwiges Maduro from Valencia on a free transfer.