The January transfer window is just around the corner and after the influx of Spanish stars to the Premier League in the summer, more clubs are likely to be monitoring the talent in Spain’s Primera Division this winter. At the midpoint of the season just 7 points separate 10th from the relegation zone and the title race looks set to be one of the tightest battles in years after a week in which top spot changed hands three times, so many teams could be looking to spend big to achieve their goals.
Sevilla are one of those teams that regularly sell top players to balance the books, and after selling more players to the Premier League in the summer than Del Boy could manage, it would be surprising for them to buck that trend. Ivan Rakitic has emerged as one who could follow Sevilla’s class of 2013 as his form has steadily improved season by season at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan. Brendan Rodgers took former Sevilla midfielder Luis Alberto to Anfield in the summer and is no stranger to exotic foreign signings, and with Liverpool in the title hunt he could be given the funds to secure the services of Rakitic.
Stat: Rakitic has made 6 assists this season, the third highest in La Liga
Plenty was expected of Baptistao when he moved to Atletico Madrid for big money last year but his own meteoric rise has been shunned by Atleti’s incredible progress. The Brazilian youngster has had to make do with a spot on the bench behind Diego Costa, David Villa and Arda Turan and the only way out could be a loan as Atletico will want to recoup some of their €12m. West Ham have been linked but Sunderland or Swansea could also give Baptistao a reprieve and take him to the Premiership.
Stat: Baptistao scored 7 and assisted 7 in just 25 games last season for Rayo Vallecano
German Ebert is out of contract at Valladolid this summer and has been excelling at exactly the right time if he is looking for a move away. Alongside top scorer Javi Guerra, Ebert has been the man to keep Valladolid above the relegation zone with 3 goals and 5 assists which has helped make up for the dodgy defending at times. The 26-year-old could be available for around £3m this January, a snip for teams such as Stoke, Southampton, Swansea or Fulham.
Stat: Ebert averages 2.3 shots per game, the 20th highest in the division. Valladolid average the 3rd fewest shots per game in La Liga
January may come too quickly for 19-year-old Vadillo as he continues his development following his early introduction to the Betis first team, but a deal and subsequent loan back could be completed. Although Vadillo has yet to properly impress in Andalucía, the talent the Spanish youth star has is in abundance and could lead to a top side paying out and allowing him to develop in Spain for a few years. Additionally with Betis struggling and former mentor Pepe Mel now gone, the club could be keen to cash in and offload their winger. Expect Arsenal, Liverpool and Everton to be linked in the coming year.
Stat: Vadillo is the second youngest player ever to appear in La Liga
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