With a whole host of Spain’s most talented footballers plying their trade in it (25 so far, maybe more to come), the Spanish invasion of the Premiership, exacerbated by a severe downturn in the country’s economy, continues unabated. And it’s not just the departure of stellar performers like Spanish internationals Jesus Navas and Alvaro Negredo from Sevilla to Manchester City and Roberto Soldado from Valencia to Spurs that have grabbed all the headlines.
Last year saw a tall Asturian from Oviedo named Miguel Perez Cuesta slip quietly into Swansea, en route from Rayo Vallecano, for a giveaway £2 million. Michu, as he is known, then proceeded to take the Premier League by storm and in the process raise eyebrows at every club from top to bottom.
The penny—or rather, the Euro—dropped. With many Spanish clubs in financial disarray, it was quite clear that there were some bargains to be had in the land of the costas, that wouldn’t cost a packet.
And now with just 13 shopping days left in this transfer window, some of the clubs from about sixth downwards in the Premiership could do a lot worse than look at some of the potential bargain buys available in Iberia (Vicente Guaita, at £17, is not necessarily a bargain, is it?). There are not many left—most are either too young and risky, or do not fit the Premier League.
Here’s a list of my seven potential bargains.