La LigaÃ¢ÂÂs dullest deadline day ever
If the Premier LeagueÃ¢ÂÂs final day of the winter window was a giant paella of SKY TV excitement, la LigaÃ¢ÂÂs was a manky grain of rice sitting at the side of the pan with just six piddling transfers being made in the final few hours in Spain.
Perky Carolina from Gol TV had been sent to the offices of the LFP where she made the giddy-eyed promise of fax machines whirring away, churning out contract details of AndrÃÂ©s Iniesta heading to his secret love team of Espanyol and Cristiano Ronaldo enjoying the Pamplona experience so much, on Sunday, the forward had decided to opt to play for Osasuna for the rest of his days.
After all, that must be the only explanation for the Real Madrid man reportedly asking Walter Pandiani what he earned during a tiff in SundayÃ¢ÂÂs encounter. Anything else would suggest that Ronaldo is a classless twit - and LLL certainly wonÃ¢ÂÂt stand for that...
Instead, naff all happened. Indeed, the bone-idle bigwigs at the league HQ couldneÃ¢ÂÂt even be bothered to arrange next weekÃ¢ÂÂs kick-off times whilst they were twiddling their incompetent thumbs. Then again, their thumbs may well have been somewhere quite inaccessible at the time.
Barcelona and Real Madrid had done their bit of business early doors with the Dream Boys signing Afellay (remember him?) in December and last weekÃ¢ÂÂs arrival of Adebayor through the gates of Mordor.
MÃÂ¡laga offloaded a couple of players to make room for their five new arrivals who have since taken the southern side to the bottom of the table with admirable speed, whilst Racing Santander boosted the local disco business by bringing Giovani dos Santos back to Spain on loan from Spurs. The Cantabrian club apparently failed in their attempts to bring Nikola Zigic over from Birmingham for his third spell with the side.
Deportivo boosted the team's striking prowess with a stunning deadline day move. Not really. Miguel Angel LotinaÃ¢ÂÂs panicked and brought Xisco over on loan from Newcastle after a stunning and prolonged spell of nothingness in the North East.
Espanyol made the most money in the window with the sales of VÃÂctor Ruiz to Napoli and DÃÂdac to Milan bringing in Ã¢ÂÂ¬10 million to boost the Perico coffers. AtlÃÂ©tico managed the impressive feat of being the biggest net spenders with a splurge of Ã¢ÂÂ¬8.8 million on ElÃÂas and Juanfran but still ending up with the smallest squad in la Primera of just 19 players, with the club having carelessly disposed of Camacho, Simao, Juanito and Asenjo along the way.
So itÃ¢ÂÂs no wonder that Kun AgÃÂ¼ero was hastily dragged before the press on Monday as a diversionary tactic having extended his contract at the Vicente CalderÃÂ³n club until 2014 and reduced his buy-out clause from Ã¢ÂÂ¬60m to Ã¢ÂÂ¬45m. Ã¢ÂÂI want to stay until 2014,Ã¢ÂÂ admitted Kun, Ã¢ÂÂbut football is like it is and I could be here one, two or three more years.Ã¢ÂÂ
With so little movement to get the juices flowing - unless Jefferson MonteroÃ¢ÂÂs loan spell with Levante yanks yer crank - itÃ¢ÂÂs not surprising that the news on Tuesday is dominated by players who didnÃ¢ÂÂt go anywhere at all - namely Diego ForlÃÂ¡n and Giuseppe Rossi - who both appear to have been targets for Harry Redknapp.
Royston Drenthe is another footballer who failed to move a muscle, much to his dismay, as the club the Dutchman is now stuck at HÃÂ©rcules until the end of the season where things arenÃ¢ÂÂt going well at all. Ã¢ÂÂIÃ¢ÂÂm sad they didnÃ¢ÂÂt let me go to Juventus,Ã¢ÂÂ complained Ã¢ÂÂRickyÃ¢ÂÂ on an offer from the Serie A side. Ã¢ÂÂJuve wanted me and Madrid were 100% in agreement, everything seemed ok but they said no.Ã¢ÂÂ