With the likes of Michu, Ivan Ramis, Chico Flores and Pablo Hernandez among others La Liga have produced a fair few bargain buys this season. When January comes calling you can be sure that Premier League teams will be having a very good look at the rival league to steal away any of their potentially under-priced commodities.
So who are La Liga’s biggest potential bargains?
Michu came from Rayo Vallecano with little fanfare other than those followers of La Liga who had seen him perform so well in 2011-12. This season the star performer has been this man. The deep-lying midfielder is a magnificent reader of the game and has been linked with a Rayo reunion at The Liberty Stadium. However interest from Germany, Russia and various Spanish clubs may scupper another steal from the Madrid-based side.
At a reported £8.2 million big ones you might just wonder what on earth this name is doing in an article clearly dubbed ‘bargains’ so I have some explaining to do. His is a name that has popped up around the internet and followers of Spanish football will certainly know why. Other than the likes of Messrs Ronaldo and Messi you would be hard pushed to find any La Liga forward men who have a direct influence on more goals than Celta Vigo forward Iago Aspas.
Swansea have, of course, been mentioned as holding a vested interest in his progress while he could certainly do a job at Arsenal but his agent claims no deal will be done during the winter. The summer may be a more likely time to pursue his much coveted signature as according to his agent ‘God will say what happens with his future’.
Another player whose current deal is running out in 2013 and the Espanyol captain is reportedly ready for pastures new (or is playing hardball to get a more lucrative offer). Many sources claim he may be on his way to MLS outfit Seattle Sounders as early as January but considering his ‘apparent’ desire to move to a English speaking club there are certainly a wealth of teams in the league who could use the La Masia graduate in the heart of their midfield.
The playmaker is the talismanic catalyst behind Real Valladolid’s surprising campaign so far and such good form has not gone unnoticed. In November SkySports reported on his £3 million release clause that was alerting Premier League clubs to his services. The 3-=year-old could be a target for Liverpool or Wigan Athletic.
Don’t worry about his age because if he really is available on a free transfer he would be a welcome addition to any Premier League side. Not getting a look in anymore at Real the former Chelsea man is a class operator and QPR would be remiss not to follow up their apparent interest in the summer.
Would you like to see any of these La Liga bargains at your club?
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