News round-up from Real Sociedad to Villarreal
The final round-up of the latest news from La Liga includes some big hitters of La Primera. And Valladolid.
Four of this modest group of sleeping (and comatose) giants have pretensions of a top-six finish next season; one of them is about to be rocked by the loss of the only footballer who could inspire that aspiration.
For a club who supposedly have a hefty transfer kitty to spend after the sale of Asier Illarramendi, La Real have been remarkably quiet in terms of shopping sprees. Just the one player has been brought in and that's striker Haris Seferovic, who joined from Fiorentina - although to be fair, the young Swiss forward has looked quite sprightly in preseason.
The San Sebastian side have been attempting to lure Jonathan Dos Santos on loan from Barcelona to cover a newly-formed gap in the centre of the park. Unfortunately, the midfielder has just communicated to the planet by Twitter than he will be staying at the Camp Nou and enjoying the feeling of Barça's bench on his bottom in the campaign to come.
A quite remarkable clear-out continues in the Sanchez Pizjuan, as Unai Emery flushes out the cobwebs from the corners of the club with a flame-thrower. So far over €57 million has been raised in the overpriced sales of footballers such as Alvaro Negredo, Jesus Navas, Antonio Luna and Luis Alberto.
However, Sevilla have been busy bees in picking up replacements, having invested around €25 million in return: there's a new-look front-line of former Club Brugge striker Carlos Bacca and PSG outcast Kevin Gameiro.
At least one will see some action on Thursday in Sevilla's Europa League pre-pre-pre-pre-pre-qualification clash [Don't exaggerate, Tim: it's just pre-pre-qualification Ã¢ÂÂ Coefficient Ed.] first leg game against Slovenian outfit Mladost. Of course, Sevilla are only able to play that game because MÃÂ¡laga and Rayo Vallecano, who both finished above the Andalusians, are being able to play in European competition due to UEFA bans.
LLL is set to be overtaken by the news as ThursdayÃ¢ÂÂs morning headlines parp about Valencia agreeing the Ã¢ÂÂ¬30m sale of Roberto Soldado to Tottenham. As this seems to be a given, the focus in Spain is to ponder what Valencia are going to do without the forward who scored 24 league goals last season Ã¢ÂÂ not that it helped the Mestalla side bother the Champions League places.
Helder Postiga appears to be the first Ã¢ÂÂ and cheapest Ã¢ÂÂ choice as a replacement, with Jonas chipping in some more goals. LetÃ¢ÂÂs see how well that goes. Fernando Gago has snuck back to Boca Juniors with an official, permanent transfer and LLL notes with interest that Valencia currently lie in the relegation zone in the Primera league table. The Mestalla faithful are no doubt already painting Ã¢ÂÂDjukic Out!Ã¢ÂÂ banners.
From this point, the blog is going to add Ã¢ÂÂDoggedÃ¢ÂÂ to Valladolid in the same way that AtlÃÂ©tico Madrid begins with... er... AtlÃÂ©tico. Former Levante boss Juan Ignacio MartÃÂnez is currently in charge and sounds very relieved and happy to be out of his old digs. The mission at Valladolid is the same as that of Miroslav Djukic last season: keep the team plodding along nicely in mid-table. And yes, all this blub is to cover the fact that not a lot is going on in the Pucela world aside from a couple of friendly wins against Albacete and AlmerÃÂa.
Having resurfaced in la Primera, the Yellow Submarine has chugged along quite nicely in the transfer market this summer. Selling Christian Zapata provided the funds to buy Giovani dos Santos, the Mexican who has been involved in two recent relegation scraps with Racing Santander and Mallorca.
Speaking of the Mallorquins, they're Ã¢ÂÂ¬5m better off after Villarreal's peculiar purchase of midfielder TomÃÂ¡s Pina. Also incoming is the forgotten man of Spanish goalkeeping, Sergio Asenjo, who arrives on loan from AtlÃÂ©tico Madrid. However, one move that has slipped under the radar is La Liga legend Marcos Senna, who sneaks off Stateside to join New York Cosmos.