La Liga Transfer Targets XI (Players Who Finish Their Contract This Summer)

Guillem Balague@@GuillemBalagueFeatured ColumnistJanuary 17, 2014

Atletico's Raul Garcia, centre, celebrates his goal with Tiago during a Spanish Copa del Rey soccer match between Atletico de Madrid and Valencia at the Vicente Calderon stadium in Madrid, Spain, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)
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With January more than halfway complete, dozens of players from around Europe are being linked with transfers this winter.

Only two weeks remain in the month, and rumours are heating up.

With that in mind, here is a La Liga transfer targets XI, considering only players that finish their contract this summer, with a couple of comments on every player.


VALLADOLID, SPAIN - JANUARY 04: Javi Guerra (R) of Real Valladolid CF battles for he ball against Antonio Amaya of Real Betis Balompie during the La Liga match between Real Valladolid CF and Real Betis Balompie at Estadio Jose Zorilla on January 4, 2014 i
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Carlos Kameni

Club: Malaga

Position: Goalkeeper

Age: 29

When Kameni was at Espanyol, he even stumped the mighty Barcelona of Pep Guardiola, but he decided not to renew his contract and go to Malaga.

Now Willy Caballero has kept him out of the team and his contract is running out. He is a very agile goalkeeper—old style if you like, better close to the goal line than coming off of it—but a great shot stopper.


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Martin Montoya

Club: Barcelona

Position: Right-back

Age: 22

Montoya can play on the right or left of the defence, he has already made his debut with the national team and he likes to go forward.

In principle he would like to stay, but he's leaving his options open at the moment.

He would be one of the bargains of the transfer window. 


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Alejandro Galvez

Club: Rayo Vallecano

Position: Centre-back

Age: 24

Rayo have conceded enough goals, but it is because of the way they play.

Galvez is one of the centre-backs that will make a career in football for sure at the highest level, in the first division.


MADRID, SPAIN - JANUARY 09:   Aloys Nong (L) of Levante UD battles for the ball against Alejandro Galvez of Rayo Vallecano de Madrid during the Copa del Rey Round of 16, 1st Leg match between Rayo Vallecano and Levante UD at Campo de Futbol de Vallecas st
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Juan Cala

Club: Sevilla

Position: Centre-back

Age: 24

Cala is waiting to renew with Sevilla.

He hasn't had many chances, coming from the lower ranks, but I like the way he plays with the ball and he's quite strong as well physically.


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Club: Malaga

Position: Left-back/wing-back

Age: 30

Eliseu can play in the midfield, even as a second forward sometimes, but always starting from the wing. He has even played as a full-back.

He is a fast player with a lot of experience in the first division and a goalscorer too. He is good at set pieces.


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Patrick Ebert

Club: Valladolid

Position: Right-wing

Age: 26

Ebert had a fantastic season last season but he's had a lot of injury problems this season and Valladolid are not making a huge effort to keep him.

He was about to sign for Atletico Madrid at one point, so if he sorts out his injury problems, there's a lot of talent there in dribbling, pace and goals.


BARCELONA, SPAIN - OCTOBER 05:  Patrick Ebert of Real Valladolid CF reacts during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Real Valladolid CF at Camp Nou on October 5, 2013 in Barcelona, Spain.  (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
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Tiago Mendes

Club: Atletico Madrid

Position: Centre-midfield

Age: 32

Tiago looks like he will stay at Atletico Madrid. He's 32 and we know about him, of course. He's very intelligent in the way he runs. 


MADRID, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 14: Tiago Mendes of Atletico de Madrid celebrates after scoring their third goal during the La Liga match between Club Atletico de Madrid and UD Almeria at Vicente Calderon Stadium on September 14, 2013 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo
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Carlos Gurpegui

Club: Athletic Bilbao

Position: Centre-back/centre-midfield

Age: 33

Gurpegui is one of the brains of the team and one of the leaders of the team as well for Athletic Bilbao.

He can be a centre-back, as he's playing at the moment, or in centre-midfield as he has for most of his career.

He can play the ball, he's strong and he doesn't mind the 50-50 challenges.


Jaime Gavilán

Club: Getafe

Position: Left winger

Age: 28

A product of the lower ranks of Valencia, where he made his debut at 18. He never took off at the team and was sent on loan to Tenerife and Getafe, which ended up buying him. He likes to take on defenders, is intelligent to play between the lines and has leadership qualities (he is the captain of the team). Injuries have stopped his progression but he can still deliver at the first division level


Raul Garcia

Club: Atletico Madrid

Position: Midfielder

Age: 27

Raul Garcia started as a centre-midfielder but really isn't a centre-midfielder in terms of he cannot control the tempo of the game. He doesn't really intervene a lot now with Atletico Madrid.

What he is now is a midfielder who arrives late from deep and scores, especially headers. He would work perfectly well in the Premier League, but he's more efficient when he doesn't have to be part of the build-up. He's a hard worker.


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Javi Guerra

Club: Valladolid

Position: Striker

Age: 31

Guerra had a fantastic couple of seasons in the second division. Last season it was difficult for him to move up to the first division, but now he is scoring and he probably will break his own goalscoring record.

The way he's going, he reminds me of a David Villa—a poorer David Villa—but certainly somebody with a lot of quality. He's a hard worker with or without the ball, provides crosses and can be a dangerous player in the counter-attack.


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