Seville, the contender to the last gasp for the “La Liga” title last season and the honorable journey in the Champions League, strengthened its ranks with Argentine international right winger Eric Lamela. The 29-year-old arrived on a free transfer deal from Tottenham, and signed a contract until 2024 in order to launch his career again in Spain after 8 seasons in England. Lamela will compensate for the departure of promising Brian Gill, who has taken an opposite path by joining Tottenham for 25 million euros, without the expected financial rewards. In Seville, under the guidance of coach Julen Lopetegui, Lamela will join the Argentine squad consisting of Lucas Ocampos, Papu Gomes and Marcos Acuña. Another Argentine star who moved from England to Spain: Sergio Aguero. This striker decided to return to “La Liga”, where he played in the Atletico Madrid shirt between 2006 and 2011, by signing with Barcelona on a free transfer deal after 10 years spent in Manchester City. Aguero, at the age of 33, is also looking for a new start with a new challenge in Catalonia, after several years during which he struggled with injuries. He also dreamed of playing alongside his friend and compatriot Messi, who eventually left for the Parisian capital.
But fans of the Catalan club will have to wait to see their new striker score, as Aguero injured his right calf last week during training, and he will not return to the field until mid-November. Because of the financial distress that Barcelona is going through, this season he decided to make “smart” contracts, as he managed to win the efforts of a high-caliber striker without any financial compensation, the Dutchman, Memphis Depay. The international striker, who has been under the microscope of his compatriot coach Barcelona Ronald Koeman since last season, joined Catalonia for a period of 4 years on a free transfer after the expiration of his contract with Lyon, where he left his mark in the history of the club. Even before the start of the new season, Depay proved his attacking efficiency, scoring 3 goals in 4 preparatory matches for Barcelona, and led him to win the Joan Gamper Cup by opening the scoring from a hat-trick against Juventus.
Spanish champions Atlético Madrid are still hungry for more titles, after a season that saw them win the title in the last stage against their arch-rivals Real. He later emerged in the transfer market with the biggest deal of the season by signing Argentine international Rodrigo de Paul for 35 million euros from Udinese, Italy. Spanish fans know this 27-year-old player well, as he had an experience with Valencia between 2014 and 2016, before moving to northeastern Italy.
With Udinese, De Paul gained more size and his market value doubled from 3 million euros to 35 million, to come back into the spotlight in July when he passed the ball to Angel Di Maria to beat hosts Brazil 1-0 in the Copa America final. Atletico coach Diego Simeone signed his compatriot, who scored 34 goals and 37 assists in 5 seasons in the “Serie E”, with the aim of helping the attacking line, as the Atletico midfield looked shy from the offensive side last season.
Austrian David Alaba, Real Madrid’s only signing in a drastic transition (not counting the return of loan players), has started to get the club’s fans excited. He arrived on a free transfer after 10 years in Bayern Munich, in order to support the defensive line of the White House, which was cracked with the departure of Frenchman Raphael Varane and Sergio Ramos. The 29-year-old played in the heart of the defense against AC Milan, on Sunday, in a friendly match that brought the two teams together, and he showed defensive solidity, ending the match in a goalless draw.