Reinildo and Lo Celso liven up an austere winter market in Spain


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The Mozambican defender Reinildo Mandava, a new signing for Atlético de Madrid, and the Argentinian Giovani Lo Celso, signing for Villarreal, animated the last hours of an austere winter transfer window in Spain. The closing of the term to incorporate players had some emotion, with many La Liga Santander clubs waiting at the last moment to sign, but few top-level names. Perhaps only the Gabonese Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who pending the official announcement, will be a Barça player after leaving London’s Arsenal.

Thus, Fútbol Club Barcelona will add a new low-cost reinforcement, good news that alleviates the disappointment of not having been able to release the French international Ousmane Dembélé, determined to fulfill his contract despite the club’s ultimatum, which urged him to renew or leave in winter.

Despite experiencing a rebound in spending compared to what happened in the last winter window, in the hardest moments of the coronavirus pandemic, the figures are still very far from those of other leagues. In fact, two clubs, Newcastle in the Premier League and Juventus in Serie A, have spent more than the entire Spanish league as a whole. In total, 75.75 million euros have been spent, triple that of the last month of January (20.45 million). But the devastating fact is that They remain almost half of the 130 million that were invested in 2020.

The Spanish championship will be able to enjoy 39 new footballers, of which the majority have arrived with the release letter (6) or through a transfer agreement (24). Only nine footballers will run through the Spanish stadiums after their new clubs have made an economic outlay: Ferran Torres (Barça, 55 million euros), followed by Arezo (Granada, 3.2 million), Tecatito (Seville, 3 million) , Lucas Pérez (Cádiz, 3 million), Uzuni (Granada, 3 million), Wass (Atlético, 2.7 million), Reinildo (Atlético, 2.5 million), Petrovic (Granada, 1.5 million) and Cörnet ( Valencia, 0.8 million). And in the First Division there are only four clubs that have not used their savings and have not moved a hand in this transfer window: Real Madrid, Betis, Athletic Club and Osasuna.

Those of Carlo Ancelotti, with the summer market and Kylian Mbappé between eyebrows, once again forget about the winter window, with no entry movements but no exit movements either. The Italian coach and the club thus show their confidence in their current squad to try to lift the league title at the end of the season, in which they also aspire to win the Champions League and the Copa del Rey.

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As for the current league champion, the Atletico Madrid, his have been some of the most striking movements. The rojiblanco team hastened the last few hours to reinforce their defense, which this year is not performing at the usual level, with Reinildo Mandava. The Mozambican left-back joins the other winter signing, Danish midfielder Daniel Wass, who has left Valencia.

The current second classified in LaLiga Santander, the Sevilla, did not make moves on the last day, but this month he has incorporated the Mexican Jesús ‘Tecatito’ Corona (Porto) and the Frenchman Anthony Martial (Manchester United), letting Amadou (free), Idrissi (Cádiz) and Óscar Rodríguez ( Getafe). Meanwhile, Real Betis, currently third-placed, has neither incorporated nor dispensed with players in this market.

For his part, the Argentine Young Lo Celso This Monday he has become the great surprise of Unai Emery’s Villarreal, to which he arrives on loan and who has found a place in the team due to the departure of Dani Raba.

Like the former Real Betis player, he has also returned this last day to LaLiga Santander Bryan Gil, a former Sevilla soccer player who ends up on loan at Valencia after not having too many minutes at Tottenham. José Bordalás thus has another reinforcement after that of the Swiss central defender Eray Cömert.

The one who did abandon the Valencian discipline was Manu Vallejo, from Cádiz, who will now play until the end of the season at Deportivo Alavés. The club from Vitoria, meanwhile, loaned Mamadou Sylla to Rayo Vallecano, and Elche, which was reinforced this Monday with Argentine striker Ezequiel Ponce, Uruguayan winger Lucas Olaza and midfielder Kike Pérez, reached an agreement with Cádiz to transfer to a Lucas Pérez who will wear yellow, just like the defender Luis Hernández.

The Albanian winger Myrto Uzuni and the Uruguayan striker Matías Arezo also arrived at Granada at the last minute.

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