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Mid-Term Transfer Watch: La Liga

  • Mid-Term Transfer Watch: La Liga

As the European Transfer Window approaches its halfway mark for the Summer, I decided to take a look at a few of the biggest done deals in the La Liga thus far.

Danilo to Real Madrid:

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A right-back, renowned for his pace and potency in attack, Danilo's move to the Santiago Bernabeu will span a six-year stretch worth €31.5m (47.5m AUD). The Brazilian international joins the Los Blancos after spending the past four seasons at FC Porto where he was a two-time Primeria Liga winner.

The 24 year-old arrives in Madrid as the club's first major signing of the Summer and will aim to challenge Dani Carvajal as Rafa Benitez's first-choice fullback. Real began their 2014/15 campaign with a lot of promise - both domestically and continentally. But after a poor run of form left them out of the UEFA Champions League and below Barcelona in La Liga standings, a greater pressure rests on the new season.

As per usual for the Los Merengues, they will enter the 2015/16 season expected to win all set before them. However, this will be easier said than done considering the form of trophy-treble-winning side and arch-rivals  Barcelona.

Arda Turan to Barcelona:

Arguably one of the strangest moves for the Spanish Summer thus far, Turan joins Barcelona on a five-year deal reportedly worth a fee of €34.5m (52m AUD). The switch to the Catalan club concludes a successful four-year period with Atletico Madrid, where he was an integral member of the squad.

As a result of Barcelona's player registration ban imposed until 2016, the Turkish international will have to wait until January before he is to make his official debut. Barcelona's possible presidential changes meant that Turan's move was almost overturned based on the election. 

But nevertheless, the 28 year-old is now at the Camp Nou for good and will provide Barcelona with added creativity in both the heart of the midfield and out wide. He becomes the second signing Luis Enrique has made in the Summer thus far, following the arrival of Aleix Vidal from Sevilla.

Jackson Martinez to Atletico Madrid:

The deal to bring Jackson Martinez to Atletico Madrid this Summer is the biggest piece of business for the La Liga yet. The Colombian arrives at the Vicente Calderon on a four-year deal after Atleti triggered his €35m (53m AUD) release clause from Porto.

The Colombian spent three seasons in Portugal notching 67 goals in 89 league games. It was this form that allowed for Martinez to become one of the most feared and highly sort after attackers in world football. His strength, size and speed combine to deadly effect, and there is no doubting his finishing capabilities inside the 18-yard area.

The 28 year-old's arrival under Diego Simeone comes as direct replacement to the Juventus-bound Mario Mandzukic. Joining him at the Rojiblancos this Summer include Luciano Vietto, Yannick Ferreira Carrasco, Stefan Savic and Bernard Mensah.

Judging from these three aforementioned players, there have already been some big money moves amongst the La Liga heavyweights. But with one more month of transfer frenzy still to follow, who's to rule out anymore from happening?

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