The Copa Libertadores may have halted proceedings slightly in the Spanish transfer market but there is still plenty to discuss in the run up to the start of the new La Liga season. In this feature, La Liga Blog scours online Spanish football site Marca and analyses the pick of this week’s transfer news and gossip.
With Sanchez on his way to Barca, is there any dinero left for Fabregas?
According to Marca, the 45 million Euro capture of Udinese star Alexis Sanchez is imminent but does this high profile signing mean Barcelona will not be attempting a raid for Cesc Fabregas too this summer? With the Spaniard likely to cost in the region of 50 million Euros, it doesn´t seem likely that both players will be making their way to the Nou Camp before the start of the new season. In La Liga Blog’s humble opinion, Cesc is by far the better option as a signing and should Barca miss the opportunity to sign him this summer, they could see their transfer target look elsewhere in search of a better club next season…somewhere like Manchester United perhaps?
Capdevila wants to leave Villarreal but where would he go instead?
Spanish international Joan Capdevila recently spoke in a radio interview of his intention to leave his current club Villarreal for pastures new. But with a lack of other transfer options available to him inside Spain, it begs the question would a move really benefit the 33 year old full back? With first team opportunities now hard to come by for the ageing defender, a move back to his former club Espanyol seems a good option but there has yet to be any confirmation of interest from the Catalonian club.
Madrid now have the worlds most expensive defence following the signing of Coentrao but will this investment convert into success?
The recent addition of young Portugese international Fabio Coentrao for 30 million euros this week means Real Madrid now have the worlds most expensive back four, surpassing the 123 million euros value of Manchester City’s Champions League defence. The question however is will this mighty investment convert into continued success for Jose Mourinhos men in the future? As soon as you take a look at Barcelona’s iron-clad defence in comparison you quickly realise the answer is a resounding no. There is no defence more formiddable than Alves, Puyol, Pique and Abidal. However, Mourinho is very much building a team for the future and the likes of Coentrao have more than enough potential to become World Class in the next three years which is why La Liga Blog believes Madrid have made a sound investment for the services of Coentrao.