Predicting 5 Massive La Liga Transfers That Could Still Happen This Summer
The summer transfer window has been in full swing, and La Liga has seen many moves take place so far.
There are still several huge moves that have not happened yet, but that does not mean they won’t take place.
In this article we will look at the top five massive transfers that could still happen across La Liga and what those moves would mean for the league.
Mikel Rico to Athletic Club Bilbao
Athletic Club Bilbao’s Basque-only policy makes the transfer windows very difficult. Los Leones have already made a big move by bringing Benat back to Bilbao, but one more purchase might be in the works.
The Basque club has long been seeking to bring Granada’s Mikel Rico to Athletic Club.
Benat’s arrival has caused any links of Rico joining Athletic Club to disappear , but that does not mean the interest isn’t there. Spanish sports daily Marca claimed that the club was willing to make one more strong push for Rico (h/t Inside Spanish Football).
Although Ernesto Valverde seems to have brought in all of the right pieces to make Athletic Club Bilbao a strong candidate to challenge for a Champions League spot, an experienced midfielder such as Mikel Rico would add a lot to the squad.
Though it is unlikely that Granada will want to part with their star midfielder, Athletic Club’s final offer of the summer may just be enough to tempt the club to sell.
Asier Illarramendi to Real Madrid
Asier Illarramendi is still a Real Sociedad player—for now. The impressive midfielder has been on Real Madrid’s radar since Carlo Ancelotti took over, and he could yet make the switch to the Santiago Bernabeu.
Despite the heavy interest from Los Blancos, it must be admitted that any deal for the 23-year-old is far from being completed.
Stefan Coerts of Goal.com recently reported on an interview with Real Sociedad president Jokin Aperribay, where he made it known that there is no agreement with Real Madrid.
"As of today, Illarramendi continues to be a Real Sociedad player. We are counting on him for this season. If Madrid meets his buy-out clause then it's up to them and the player to agree terms.”
Although Real Madrid has never been keen on paying full buyout clauses, the club could make an exception for Illarramendi.
The young midfielder is seen as the perfect partner for Xabi Alonso as well as the future of the Real Madrid midfield. With Alonso’s future not yet decided, Ancelotti may be ready to pay full price.
In fact, in Ulises Sanchez-Flor's report for Marca, Real Madrid are said to be already planning a sale of Kaka so they can promise Illarramendi that he will receive his beloved No. 8 shirt if he joins.
Thiago In, Thiago out at Barcelona
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Easily the biggest transfer rumors of La Liga this summer have been those surrounding Barcelona’s Thiago Alcantara and PSG defender Thiago Silva. Neither player has made a move yet, but something should eventually happen in the coming weeks.
In the case of Thiago Silva, recent remarks from Barcelona full-back Adriano as reported by Graeme Young of Goal.com suggest that the PSG man desires a move to the Camp Nou.
He told me if he could come to Barcelona would be a dream. He has always wanted to wear the Barca shirt, we are friends and I talk a lot with him. His arrival would be very good news if Barca signed him. If it were up to Thiago, he'd be here. But it doesn't just depend on him. PSG have also invested heavily in him and, if Barca wants him, they need to find an agreement with the club.
If what Adriano says is true, the floodgates may soon open, which will allow Thiago Silva to end all speculation and finally move to the Catalan club.
But there still exists the issue of Barcelona midfielder Thiago Alcantara.
Rumors of Thiago’s desire to leave Barcelona picked up heavily in June, when Metro's Jamie Sanderson reported that the Spanish U-21 star had requested to exit the Catalan club. The reports eventually led to heavy interest from Manchester United.
Links to Manchester United intensified so much that Spain coach Vicente del Bosque even came out to state that Thiago should stay at Barcelona according to a more recent report from Sanderson in Metro.
While it is unlikely that both players will move this summer, it could still happen and they would likely become the most talked-about transfers of the summer.
Luis Suarez to Real Madrid
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Real Madrid are in serious need of a world-class striker, and Luis Suarez has long been a target of the Spanish giants. Nothing has happened at Liverpool yet, but Suarez could still see his move out of England.
In June, Graham Chase of the Express claimed that Suarez was ready to leave Liverpool due to his treatment in England. The report even claimed that the Uruguayan was pushing for a move to Real Madrid.
But very little happened regarding his status at Liverpool.
However, recent reports state that the striker is all-too-aware of interest from other clubs and may be nearing an exit.
A recent talkSPORT report on an interview between Luis Suarez and Uruguayan radio station Sport 890 says the striker stated “My agent is in charge and knows what I want. There are two or three options and the club knows.”
These quotes may hint at his knowledge of Real Madrid’s interest and may even suggest that he is keen on the switch. Likely nothing will happen for a while, but Luis Suarez to the Bernabeu is not a dead rumor by any means.
Alvaro Negredo Exiting Sevilla
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After Jesus Navas made the switch from Sevilla to Manchester City, it looked as though Alvaro Negredo was going to follow suit. Though things have slowed down, the striker could still leave at any moment.
In June, reports from the Mirror's Simon Mullock stated that Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has named Alvaro Negredo his top target this summer, and yet he still remains at Sevilla.
Though Sevilla would certainly like to hold onto the club’s star player, it might be nearly impossible to do so.
Graeme Yorke of the Daily Mail is now reporting that Negredo is closer to the exit door than ever before. Sevilla has signed Colombian striker Carlos Bacca from Club Brugge leading many to believe that he is coming to replace Negredo.
Manchester City is now back in the picture according to the report, and a move could be imminent. Sevilla fans will be hoping that Negredo stays put, but the deal could be one of many just waiting to happen.
What possible moves do you think will actually happen? Which deals will fall through? Leave your thoughts and comments below.
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