Spain La Liga Transfer: News and Player Movement Odds
Real Madrid and Barcelona are spending a lot of money on reinforcements this summer, and as it was expected, they already completed a few big-money deals with star players. The Galacticos spent over £270 million on former Chelsea forward Eden Hazard, young Serbian striker Luka Jovic, defenders Eder Militao and Ferland Mendy, and on a Brazilian teenage sensation Rodrygo who arrived from Santos.
Madrid managed to earn around £103 million on sales of Mateo Kovacic who left to Chelsea; Marcos Llorente moved to the city rivals Atletico while Theo Hernandez and Raul de Tomas joined AC Milan and Benfica, respectively.
On the other hand, Barcelona finally got Antoine Griezmann from Atletico Madrid after triggering his release clause of £108 million while they also brought Frenkie de Jong from Ajax, and goalkeeper Neto from La Liga rivals Valencia. Blaugrana sent Jasper Cillesen to Mestalla, sold Andre Gomes to Everton, Paco Alcacer to Borussia Dortmund, and Denis Suarez to Celta Vigo.
Still, Barcelona need to sell at least one or two players to comply with the financial rules, and it seems that Philippe Coutinho is one of the biggest candidates to leave Camp Nou.
Spain La Liga Transfer News
Atletico Madrid are currently the only team in top four to make a profit so far this summer thanks to Antoine Griezmann’s departure. However, they splashed the cash on the Portuguese wonderkid Joao Felix and paid Benfica £113 million for his services.
Marcos Llorente, Felipe, and Renan Lodi also came to Wanda Metropolitano, but Atletico got a ton of cash for Lucas Hernandez and Rodri who went to Bayern Munich and Manchester City. They did lose experienced centre back Diego Godin as the Uruguayan moved to Inter Mila on a free transfer.
Valencia acquired forward Maxi Gomez from Celta Vigo and sent Santi Mina the other way while Sevilla brought even nine new players thus far this summer. Jules Koundé, Lucas Ocampos, Diego Carlos, Munas Dabbur, and Luuk de Jong are some of their new arrivals. Pablo Sarabia, Quincy Promes, Luis Muriel, and Gabriel Mercado left Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán, and more players are expected to leave Sevilla in the coming weeks.
Betis secured Giovani Lo Celso on a permanent deal from PSG after the Argentinian spent the previous season at Benito Villamarín on loan, and sold goalkeeper Pau Lopez to AS Roma. Former Villarreal playmaker Pablo Fornals moved to West Ham United while the Yellow Submarine got the Champions League winner Alberto Moreno on a free transfer from Liverpool.
Despite spending a lot of money, the Spanish clubs are still very active on the market, so let’s see which players could join the LaLiga circus in the coming days and weeks.
Neymar’s return to Barcelona on the cards
The Brazilian superstar failed to report to PSG pre-season training, and the Parisians fined him £335,000. Neymar’s behaviour was more than enough for the bookies to slash the odds on him re-joining Barcelona, and William Hill went that low to offer just 1/4 odds while the odds on Neymar to stay with PSG can be found at 33/50 with Paddy Power. If you believe the Brazilian will return to Camp Nou, you can back that bet at 5/4 with Paddy Power.
Real Madrid are also in the mix, but the odds on them are bit higher, going from 9/2 with SkyBet to 10/1 with Paddy Power. Considering they already brought two forward, it doesn’t seem highly likable that Real Madrid will bring Neymar, too, but you never know.
Philippe Coutinho: Should he stay or should he go?
After Antoine Griezmann’s arrival to Camp Nou, the odds on Philippe Coutinho’s departure started to drop, and although Paddy Power believes he will stay put at 57/100, the other bookies don’t think so. Betfred offers just 67/100 on Coutinho to join PSG, but if you think the Brazilian will move to Paris, you better take the 7/4 odds with Paddy Power.
Another club is in the mix to get Coutinho this summer and guess what, it’s Liverpool. Coutinho impressed during his stint with the Champions League winners, and it looks that everything started to go downwards for him since he left Anfield to join Barcelona. Now, the opportunity to return to England arose, and the best offer on the market is with Paddy Power at 11/2.
Nabil Fekir to Real Betis?
Nabil Fekir nearly completed his move to Liverpool the last summer, but the Reds opted against signing the Frenchman after he failed his medical. Although heavily linked with the champions of Europe this time around as well, Fekir will apparently continue his career in Spain. Real Betis are the biggest favourites to sign Lyon playmaker as the odds dropped to just 4/6 with William Hill.
The odds on Liverpool jumped to 19/1 while Fekir’s chances to stay with Lyon are also at 19/1. PSG, Milan, and Arsenal are now at 24/1 to get Nabil. Even though it would be a step down in his career, Fekir could be a significant signing for Betis and will surely improve their squad if he moves to the south of Spain.