The January transfer window closed on Tuesday night with LaLiga clubs having spent a total of 26.55 million euros on 40 transfers, plus Real Socidad’s decision to pay seven million euros to make current first-choice keeper Géronimo Rulli’s loan move from Manchester City permanent.
Liga clubs make 1.5 million net profit
In terms of income, LaLiga’s clubs trousered a total of 27.8 million euros with 44 players moving on, a net profit overall of 1.5 million euros. Leganés and Granada led the way in terms of volume, the Madrid-based club signing seven new players and the Andalusian outfit six. Málaga brought in four new players with no departures from La Rosaleda.
Sevilla spend big
Sevilla were the biggest spenders, forking out 10.5 million euros for Walter Montoya (Rosario Central, 5.5 million), Clément Lenglet (Nancy, 5 million) and Stevan Jovetic (Inter, loan).
Depor managed to bring in three players on loan with no fees: Gaël Kakuta (Hebei Fortune), Ola John (Benfica) and Davy Roef (Anderlecht).
Of the 40 arrivals in La Liga, 33 went to sides in the bottom half and of those, 18 went to the bottom four. As well as Real Madrid and Atlético, who are under a Fifa-imposed transfer ban, Barça, Real Sociedad, Eibar and Espanyol all kept their cheque books in the top drawer.
Pato was most expensive transfer leaving Spain, the Brazilian moving from Villarreal to Tianjin Quanjian for 18 million euros just six months after joining the Submarine for around three million from Corinthians.