Morbo Minute–Transfer Edition

I’m too busy to scour the web for every single transfer rumor and signing and how it affects each squad, so I’m looking for quick, succinct analysis. Fortunately, I found enough time to grab a couple of transfer summaries.

In giving time to the chasing pack, here are some comments re: Atletico Madrid  (Falcao, Arda Turan, and Diego) from @iCentrocampista and Villarreal (de Guzman and Uche) from @VillarrealUSA.

For the league as a whole, A Different League (@differentliga) provided a bullet point summary as well as analysis for the Primera Division in general (far beyond what I could give you). Mando at Forza Futbol broke down the transfer season with an extensive list of players joining each team by region. Finally La Liga Loca gave his take, team by team, on what happened over the summer. Part 1 Part 2

A couple of quick thoughts . . .

Atletico Madrid’s signings have seemed to increase the mood and prospects for the squad this season. Once again, they have to consistently deliver, something that has been tough in the league over the last couple of seasons. @sidlowe talked on @beyondthepitch about Falcao being owned by third party, which I thought was odd and could lead to issues down the line.

Seems like most people agree that Roque Santa Cruz to Betis was a nice pick up and will help them in their battle to stay up. Also, Getafe seems to have strengthened with Pedro Leon and Dani Guiza.

Looks like Racing Santander and Sporting Gijon didn’t strengthen enough and could be in for a long season. Espanyol could be in trouble as well, and last season’s first half feel good story could be a million miles away come May. The team in the worst situation might be Real Zaragoza. They have lost Ander and Gabi, and have legitimate financial issues off the pitch. Maybe Helder Postiga and Luis García can save the day.

There was a Carlos Vela sighting in Real Sociedad. Didn’t realize he was still playing.

Hopefully Espanyol old boy Tamundo and double loanee Dani Pacheco can provide the goals for promoted Rayo

Real Madrid loaned out/sold some deadwood yet Lass remains on the bench. He will struggle to get into a midfield of Xabi Alonso, Khedira, and new signings Altintop and Sahin.

Valencia will hope to stay in the Champions League places despite a high profile sale (Juan Mata) and hoping that the bargains pay off.

As for Barcelona, the Blaugrana didn’t strengthen in central defense, but based on the Villarreal game, they will just play with one defender, a bunch of midfielders and a keeper and everything will be fine.

  1. Barca will rely on their make shift converted defense and la cantera. (Crosas, Bartra, etc) Third party ownership, unfortunately, is not illegal in Spain. It is a loop hole for teams in ley concursal as well. Zaragoza, Atletico and others use it. There is an investment fund owned by Peter Kenyon, super agents Mendes and Zahavi. Changes are needed in Spain.

  2. We talk a little about it on our latest podcast fyi. 🙂

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