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Three biggest La Liga Bargains in this transfer window

Sunday 30th July 2017
La Liga has had a quiet summer. Neither Real Madrid nor FC Barcelona have been extremely active, although Neymar's rumoured move to Paris makes it an uneasy peace. Below the surface, however, quality players have been arriving in Spain. Here are three of the biggest bargains thus far.

Every year, teams tend to overpay for players. The summer market's recent behaviour has made it an almost an unwritten rule. Yet, there remain cases wherein teams can recruit an important element under market value. These three players fit that category and therefore hold greater potential than most to surpass their trade value.

Andres Guardado



It is difficult to understand PSV Eindhoven's reasoning in transfering Andres Guardado. The Mexican playmaker was an absolute symbol for the Dutch club, a regular starter and, at times, their captain at times over the past few years.Typically such a player is only sold at a premium. Perhaps the coaching staff or the player decided it was time to move on. Thus, the defensive specialist was sold to Real Betis for a paltry €2,5 million.

You read that right. An experienced midfielder with several international tournaments under his belt sold for €2,5 million. This, in an era when 18-year-old players with less than 100 games in their careers can command six figure fees. But that is a topic for another day.

In Guardado, Betis have found the defensive presence they needed in midfield, not to mention a competent replacement for Dani Ceballos. The Spain U21 international joined Real Madrid, leaving a void in Los Beticos' midfield. Guardado should be fill that hole nicely. Let's remember he already knows the league after a very successful stint with Valencia.

The Mexican is not the sexy signing to make fans go crazy, like his countryman Chicharito at West Ham. However, he is the player every manager needs in a team with big aspirations. He fits the Betis' mold as they target Europa League qualification next season.



Adnan Januzaj



A few years ago, Adnan Januzaj ranked among the football world's top prospects. The Belgian attacking mid came through Manchester United's youth ranks, making an early impression with the club. At one point, some considered him "the future of the club." Elite clubs, such as Real Madrid and FC Barcelona, began to scout him. Then, injuries slowed him down, doubts over his work ethic arouse, and he was never the same. Unsuccessful loan spells at Sunderland and Borussia Dortmund made United fans want to forget him.

Happily, life always offers second chances. That is exactly what Januzaj will receive at Real Sociedad. Knowing the Belgian had no place in Jose Mourinho's plans, the "other Basque club" bought him for €8.5 million, a small fraction of his value three years ago.

Here is the thing: Januzaj is only 22 years old. How many so-called problems have found success after their 25th birthday? How many became world-class players? There is no guarantee Janujaz is the next Les Ferdinand, Luca Toni, or Miroslav Klose. He possesses the talent, however. Quick, dangerous, and skillful, he only need demonstrate the determination to reach those heights. Time is certainly on his side, for now.

Nolito



Are we ready to call Nolito's expedition in the Premier League a complete failure? The attacking midfielder was never able to settle in Manchester. Consequently, his City performances were quite disappointing. The 30-year-old did not count for Pep Guardiola ahead of the 2017-18 season. Sevilla pounced, acquiring the veteran for €9 million.

It is quite easy to see why Nolito's arrival at the Sanchez Pizjuan will be an instant success. First, he knows the Primera Liga inside-out. Prior to his England move, the former Celta de Vigo standout was among the best attacking players in Spain, a regular in the national side. With the 2018 World Cup less than a year away, he has extra motivation to prove he is not done. A strong season in Sevilla would certainly open Julen Lopetegui's door to him.

He is an absolute steal at €9 million. Sevilla has a talented, experienced player still in his prime and purchased for pennies on the euro.
Juan Pablo Aravena

29-year-old sports analyst and journalist with over three years of experience in the industry. Writes about all kinds of sports from football to golf, but there is no question his biggest passion in life is football. Manchester United, Borussia Dortmund and Colo Colo fan.


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