5 Things to Watch out for on Transfer Deadline Day in La Liga
The clubs of La Liga have already spent a combined €517 million this summer, per Transfermarkt.com, but there are still deals to be done before Monday night's deadline.
Two rounds of matches will have been completed before the final day of the window, and coaches up and down the league will have had an opportunity to identify any remaining weaknesses that could be shored up by a last-minute purchase.
Here are five things to look out for on transfer deadline day in La Liga.
Further Purchases at Barcelona
Barcelona have been the biggest spenders of the transfer window to date, splashing almost €160 million on seven new signings.
FIFA have banned the club from signing players in each of the next two windows as punishment for illegal youth recruitment practices, per BBC Sport.
The next few days therefore represent their last chance to bring in players before January 2016 and sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta has suggested that further business could yet be done.
“We are working so that we have the best team possible,” he said on Canal Plus at Thursday’s Champions League group stage draw in Monaco, per Spanish-language AS (h/t ESPN). “In the last hours many things have been moving. The market is active. A lot of things are done here [at the draw].”
The Spanish press have been remarkably silent on potential targets, but it still remains possible that Barcelona will again dip into the market in the final hours of the window.
Real Madrid’s Search for a Striker
Real Madrid’s summer transfer business seemed to be done following the signings of James Rodriguez, Toni Kroos and Keylor Navas. That, at least, was the message coming from coach Carlo Ancelotti, as per Marca.
Yet, with the deadline fast approaching, Marca reports that the club still intend to add another striker to the squad.
Karim Benzema is currently the only out-and-out centre-forward on the club’s books. The likes of Radamel Falcao Garcia and Alvaro Negredo have been linked with moves to the Bernabeu, per the Mirror's David McDonnell.
But Marca suggests that Real are now seeking a young striker who can act as a backup to Benzema.
They do, however, caution that with Florentino Perez at the helm “anything is possible.”
Departures from Atletico
Atletico Madrid have been very active in the transfer market this summer, bringing in eight first-team players.
Their signings have, however, taken them above the expenditure limits set by the Liga de Futbol Profesional (LFP), according to calculations by Marca.
Atletico may need to offload two or three players in order to bring themselves in line with LFP’s spending cap for the season.
If all three leave, then Atletico will look to add another attacker to their ranks, with a loan move for Bayern Munich’s Xherdan Shaqiri looking the most likely option, per AS (in Spanish).
More Signings at Valencia
Peter Lim’s takeover of Valencia is unlikely to be fully completed until the end of September, per Channel NewsAsia, but the club are still likely to press ahead with more signings prior to Monday’s deadline.
Benfica midfielder Enzo Perez has been heavily linked with a move to the Mestalla. Per Marca (h/t Football Espana), talks are ongoing between Lim’s company Meriton and the Portuguese club.
Plenty of activity should be expected in the final days and hours of the window.
Two Defenders and a Striker for Deportivo
Deportivo La Coruna have added seven new players to their squad since gaining promotion to the top flight at the end of last season, but they are still seeking three further reinforcements.
Per La Voz de Galicia (in Spanish), coach Victor Fernandez has requested two centre-backs and a striker.
Ivan Ramis of Wigan is their first-choice at centre-back, and La Voz de Galicia reports that progress was made during talks between the two clubs on Friday.
Monaco’s Nicolas Isimat-Mirin and Marcelo dos Santos of Rio Ave are the other defenders the club are pursuing.
Up front, Fulham’s Konstantinos Mitroglou was Deportivo’s desired option, but they have been unable to make headway in discussions with the English club.
Their attention will therefore turn to Dnipro’s Nikola Kalinic, Roma’s Antonio Sanabria and Nicolas Blandi of San Lorenzo.