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Summer transfer deals so far - La Liga

Thursday 13th July 2017
As we check on a daily basis throughout the summer, transfers are integral to transition  into the next season. Players come and go. Business is done by all clubs. La Liga is among the biggest leagues in the world and has seen some big transfer deals already. We'll take a look at some of the most reputable, so far. 

Simone Zaza - Juventus > Valencia (€16m)

The Italian frontman initially agreed on a loan to Valencia from Juventus on January 15th, 2017. There was a fee agreed of €2m, with a permanent deal worth €16m. Valencia was impressed with his second half of the season contribution to seal the deal. During the second half of the 2016/17 season, Zaza managed to score six goals from 18 appearances. He also played for West Ham United in the first half of the season only making a few appearances.

Enes Unal - Manchester City > Villareal (€14m)

Villareal bought Unal from Man City even though he never played a single game for them. Instead, he was loaned out to three clubs over a two-year period. The Turkish striker appeared a total of 55 times for Belgian side K.R.C. Genk and Eredivisie clubs, NAC Breda and FC Twente. Although Villareal has bought the 20-year-old. There is a buy back clause for Manchester City if they ever feel that he will be a part of their club in the near future.

Ever Banega - Inter Milan > Sevilla (€9m)

The highly rated Argentine has had a fairly prolific career so far and his next challenge will be back in La Liga. The 29-year-old is back at Sevilla after a season of playing for Internazionale in Serie A. Despite Banega having a good season in Italy, Sevilla believe that they need the central midfielder back in Spain. Banega has already played 59 games for Sevilla and will be keen to complete another successful season with them for the 2017/18 campaign.

Gerard Deulofeu - Everton > Barcelona (€12m)

Many of us will be aware of this right winger's abilities thanks to his time at Everton. The pacy Spaniard actually came through the youth ranks in Spain at Barcelona. Deulofeu joined AC Milan on loan for the second half of last season scoring four goals in 17 games. After returning back with Everton, Barcelona had come in for their agreed on buy-back clause for the winger. A fee of €12m triggered the clause and Deulofeu will now be back to his roots where it all began. Hopefully, we can see him in action for Barcelona this season.

Theo Hernandez - Athletico Madrid > Real Madrid (€30m)

Possibly one of the most sought after youngsters of today is Theo Hernandez. The 19-year-old left back was let out on loan to La Liga side, Deportivo Alaves last season. Managing to play all season he helped the side to a comfortable 9th placed finish. He had gained attention from a couple of clubs but Real Madrid were the ones not to hesitate in sealing his future. The Frenchman signed for Madrid on 5th July on a six-year contract and will wear the number 15 shirt. I would definitely recommend keeping an eye on this player over the next season.

Andres Guardado - PSV > Real Betis (€2m)

This deal seems to have been an absolute steal for Real Betis. Guardado is a well-known figure in Spain and in the Netherlands. He also has a very good reputation back in his homeland, Mexico. Appearing an outstanding 136 times for his nation, Guardado is a well-respected player. Although the Mexican midfielder has spent a few years away from La Liga he will use his experience from his past as he played for the likes of Deportivo La Coruna and Valencia.

Luis Muriel - Sampdoria > Sevilla (€20m)

Some of you may not be aware of Luis Muriel but the Colombian forward is well known in Italy. Muriel has played for the likes of Udinese and Sampdoria in the past few years as well as a brief spell in Spain for Granada CF in the Segunda Division during the 2010/11 season. Managing to score 11 goals last season he attracted attention from Sevilla who have been interested in the striker. It will be interesting to see how he develops throughout the forthcoming season.

As we are still only half way through July, there will surely be more major transfer deals to be completed. Meanwhile, keep an eye on this space for summaries of goings on in the other major European leagues.
Jamie Kynaston

For my sins, I'm a season ticket holder at Stoke City, I have been proud to watch them for over 20 years. I follow most of the UK leagues and the major European ones too, and I've been told that I talk way too much about football.

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