10 Things to Watch out for on Transfer-Deadline Day in the La Liga

Tre' AtkinsonFeatured ColumnistAugust 27, 2014

10 Things to Watch out for on Transfer-Deadline Day in the La Liga

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    The summer transfer window is quickly coming to a close, which can either be a good thing or a bad thing depending on who your support. Several teams are still trying to strengthen their squads, while the futures of other stars are still uncertain.

    In this article, we will take a look at 10 things to keep an eye on come transfer deadline day in La Liga.

    Some of these rumors may actually happen long before the window slams shut, but others may not even take place at all. Either way, clubs are not done wheeling and dealing just yet.

    As always, feel free to get involved in the discussion in the comment section below and tell us your thoughts and transfer deadline day in La Liga!

Will Enzo Perez Make the Switch to Valencia?

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    After a strong showing at the World Cup, it is no surprise that Enzo Perez is receiving a lot of attention. According to a recent report from Inside Spanish Football, the Benfica midfielder could be making the switch to Valencia in the upcoming days.

    This will be a hot story to watch heading into the final days of the summer transfer window. 

    Valencia are looking to strengthen under new ownership and are desperate to get back to the days of fighting for a spot high on the table. Perez would be a great addition to the current squad, but will Benfica let him go for cheap?

Will Federico Fazio Be Joining Tottenham?

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    For quite some time now, the future of Sevilla defender Federico Fazio has been up in the air. Inside Spanish Football recently revealed that the Argentine was nearing a move to Tottenham, however he did report to the team’s training session, which kind of threw water on the exit-rumor fire.

    As the final days of the transfer window approach, it would be wise to keep an eye out on Fazio. He is certainly a very talented center-back that Sevilla cannot afford to lose, but will he stay?

Will Sami Khedira Stay or Leave?

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    It is no secret that Sami Khedira's future with Real Madrid is uncertain. Clubs such as Arsenal have been closely watching the German and it will be interesting to see how the saga plays out.

    Shockingly, it was reported by AS (H/T Inside Spanish Football) Khedira had the left the squad without permission last week, adding to the growing rumors that he could be on the way out of the Spanish club.

    Again, any move would likely depend on other teams as well. Arsenal, for instance, seem to be waiting to decide on the future of Mikel Arteta before making any more changes to their midfield.

Will Athletic Club Bilbao Replace Ander Herrera?

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    Speaking of Basque midfielder Mikel Arteta, the jury is still out on whether or not Athletic Club Bilbao will be signing a new midfielder during the summer transfer window.

    After watching Ander Herrera leave to join Manchester United, the Basques are in need of someone who can create chances while still looking to help out on the defensive end.

    Last month, it was reported by Inside Spanish Football that Arteta was the prime candidate to replace Herrera, though that has yet to happen. Truthfully, there aren't many options for Los Leones who hold to a strict transfer policy, but there are choices.

    Lezama has also done a fine job of developing a few young talented midfielders in Unai Lopez and Ager Aketxe, meaning the manager likely won't need to look outside the club. Benat has also looked better in preseason and could be handed the position.

    But still, with Champions League play a possibility, can Athletic Club afford to not make any more signings?

Can Munir El-Haddadi Remain in the Barcelona 1st Team?

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    The world is finally aware of the starlet that is Munir El-Haddadi. The La Masia product showcased his skill in a terrific way during the preseason and was even able to score a goal on his first-team debut against Elche last weekend.

    But, will Munir remain in the first team?

    Once Neymar is healthy again and Luis Suarez is free from his ban, one has to think that there will be little room for the 18-year-old. However, it looks like he will be given the chance to shine now.

    When the transfer window does come to a close, Munir will likely still be with the first team. Will that eventually change?

Will Atletico Madrid Look to Strengthen More?

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    As is normally the case, Atletico Madrid was forced to watch several key stars leave the club this summer. However, Los Colchonerros did well to replace them by signing the likes of Antoine Griezmann, Mario Mandzukic and others.

    The transfer window is not over yet, meaning there is still plenty of time for the La Liga champions to make their squad even stronger.

    As the final days of the window approach, it will be very interesting to see if any new faces show up at the Vicente Calderon. But, it may be even tenser to see if any current faces are on the way out. Atletico will be looking to keep their crown this year, but Diego Simeone may not be done making moves just yet.

What Will Happen with Juan Cuadrado

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    One of the most talked-about transfer storylines is still in effect. According to Spanish paper Marca, Juan Cuadrado could still join Barcelona before the transfer window finally closes.

    But will it happen?

    Cuadrado is in a good place at Fiorentina, but would immediately be a big hit with the Camp Nou crowd. His ability to play as a wing-back could give Luis Enrique more options with his lineups, and possibly an eventual replacement for Dani Alves.

    There are only a few days left if Barcelona truly want to sign Cuadrado, but will it happen? More importantly, should it happen?

Will Any Other La Liga Clubs Look to Help Each Other Out?

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    Spanish clubs have a long history of working together during the transfer window to achieve what is mutually beneficial for both sides.

    Take Barcelona and Sevilla for example. After the Catalans purchased Ivan Rakitic from Sevilla, they sent Denis Suarez and Gerard Deulofeu on loan to the club. Spanish clubs generally look to create partnerships whenever possible.

    As the transfer-window’s end draws near, it will be very exciting to see if any more clubs partner together in possibly loan moves or out-right purchases.

    Truthfully, with the newly promoted clubs all needing to further strengthen their squads, it wouldn’t be shocking to see a few bigger clubs look to help them out while also keeping an eye on possible returns.

Will Barcelona Make Any More Moves Before the Transfer Ban Sets In?

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    Barcelona’s transfer ban will not be taken back. BBC recently reported that the club’s appeal of the FIFA transfer ban had been rejected, meaning Barcelona will not be allowed to sign any new players until 2016, after this window closes.

    With La Blaugrana unable to make any moves for the next few years, the club has to start looking to the future now.

    Barcelona worked quickly this summer to sign several big names, while also making a few steps in preparation for the future through loan moves and signing the likes of Alen Halilovic.

    However, the club has no idea what could possibly happen down the road. The club, in truth, has to make moves now to counter anything that may happen in the next few years.

    Yes, La Masia is full of talented young players who are ready to break out into the first team, but it may not be enough. As the clock winds down to the inevitable slamming of the transfer window, will Barcelona make any final moves before they are shackled?

Will Any Other La Liga Stars Be Lured out of Spain?

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    It is a story told every year in Spain. A few new stars shine in the La Liga campaign, capture the hearts of fans across the globe, only to make their exit in the summer when a big offer comes their way.

    Due to financial problems in Spain, clubs have to watch their stars leave on a regular basis. This summer, Diego Costa and others exited the country for greener pastures, and by green, I mean money.

    However, no matter how many stars leave Spain, there are always many more waiting to take their place the next year. Surely, more than a handful of talented players will catch eyes this season and the rumors will start quickly.

    Yet, this summer’s transfer window is still wide open. As the final days approach, will any more La Liga talent be lured away?

     

    What are you most looking forward to during the final days of the transfer window? Which clubs still have moves they need to make? Leave your thoughts and comments below!