A whizz around the grounds - Málaga to Real Madrid

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FourFourTwo's man in Madrid, Tim Stannard, continues his summer round-up...

In enormous contrast to last summer when it was ‘buy, buy, buy’ for Málaga with a series of seasonal signings, we’ve not heard a peep from the southern side this year. This may be something to do with the club apparently having a bit of a cash flow issue, with the president of the Spanish footballers’ union, Luis Rubiales, revealing Málaga’s players are owed 35% to 40% of their contracts. This comes after the departure of Fernando Hierro, who left after reportedly becoming a tad uncomfortable with how the finances of the club were run. However, it hasn’t stopped transfer speculation over the purchase of Alvaro Negredo from Sevilla, but also the possible departure of Rondón to Spurs, a peculiar move considering goals were a bit of problem for Málaga last season.

Joan Caparrós thinks he has the best squad in la Primera, and who is LLL to question a man of such genius? This is an opinion shared by defender, Nunes, who joshed that “Barcelona and Real Madrid are going to find it difficult to win the league or even get into Europe. It’s going to be hard as the league is very difficult.” The blog is even more convinced the Primera pair are both present and correct having noted that striker extraordinaire, Javier Arizmendi, has been added to Mallorca’s ranks, along with former Atlético Madrid left-back, Antonio López and Espanyol’s Javi Márquez. Leaving the Balearic club is Chori Castro who has moved to Real Sociedad and Martí Crespí who departs on a free.

New Osasuna president Miguel Archanco has said that his club are in a “war economy”, as is the case every year in Pamplona, there isn’t a lot of cash slopping about for transfers. Big-jawed, ginger defender Sergio has dropped a division to join Sporting, while Raul García has returned to Atlético Madrid after a loan spell, something that could be an issue next season, as the attacking midfielder was key to a fine campaign. Emiliano Armenteros has come in from Sevilla on a free, along with former Rayo centre-back Alejandro Arribas. There’s also been a bit of closet cleaning with Sisi and Nano leaving the club, too.

Rayo Vallecano
Mmm. It's been a troubling summer for Rayo Vallecano, with the biggest change being in the managerial hotseat, with José Sandoval leaving and former Cordoba boss Paco Jémez taking over. Michu looks on the brink of going to Swansea; Diego Costa and Joel have returned to Atlético Madrid on loan, while Raúl Tamudo has left for the Mexican league. Five youth team players have been promoted while ‘son of Míchel’, Adrián González joins the Rayo people’s revolution ahead of the new campaign. More moves needed urgently.

Real Madrid
Tremendously quite at the Valdebebas these days, with Real Madrid yet to make any  major moves. Gonzalo Higuaín appears to be staying after all, leaving José Mourinho with the job of trying to offload Kaká and Ricardo Carvalho - Hamit Altintop has been flogged to Galatasaray - along with Lady Gago, who returns from a loan spell from Roma bearing a ‘remember me?’ t-shirt. Transfer gossip has focussed on Tottenham's Luka Modric, who has had his summer holidays ruined by the constant pestering of the Spanish press. There is also talk of a move for Inter fullback, Maicon.

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