All the latest summer transfer news from La Liga...
Mexican playmaker Ulises Davila joined Chelsea from Guadalajara, but has still yet to feature for the Blues having been farmed out on loan. First it was Dutch side Vitesse who took him on loan, then Sabadell in Spain. Another trip to the Spanish second tier came last season as Cordoba brought him in, and he played a key role in their promotion to La Liga with an injury time winner in the play-off final against Las Palmas.
Now in the top tier, Cordoba had hoped to keep the 23-year-old for another season, but reports now suggest that that the two clubs are struggling to agree a deal, and with no plans to allow Davila to leave for good, Chelsea will only let him leave on loan - but it doesn't look like being to Cordoba.
Valencia have been busy this summer with the arrival of centre back Nicolas Otamendi, but the Argentina international has also been joined at the Mestalla by compatriot Rodrigo de Paul. The playmaker, 20, joined from Racing Club de Avellaneda having impressed in Argentina, and now he's looking forward to getting started with the La Liga side.
"It’s a nice responsibility to have, coming to a club like Valencia. I like the challenge of being at Valencia and now, all I’m thinking about is to keep working hard in pre-season," said de Paul. "This is a club at a very high level, but I also came from a very big club. Here there’s a very rich group of players at a footballing level and at a human level too. There are difference, but I’m getting used to things. Since I first came here, everyone has been around me and making my settling in much easier. That’s important to me."
Elsewhere, Barcelona's rebuilding process was predictably bad news for forward Bojan Krkic, who has been a bit-part figure in recent years, spending time away from the club on loan. The 23-year-old, who was tipped for big things having starred for Barcelona B, is now set for a move to Premier League side Stoke City, managed by former Barcelona striker Mark Hughes.