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Wednesday September 11 2019
La Liga Transfer Window Round Up

The transfer window recently closed in Spain and David Whitworth analyses five intriguing transfers to keep an eye over this season.

Martin Ødegaard: Real Madrid to Real Sociedad

After two successful years in the Dutch Eredivisie, the Norwegian sensation is delivering on his prodigal talent and looks primed to shine upon his return to La Liga. Having signed for the Basque outfit on a two-year loan deal, Ødegaard has instantly hit the ground running and has already opened his account for Real Sociedad scoring the only goal of his side’s 1-0 win over Mallorca.

João Félix: Benfica to Atlético Madrid

If the next Portuguese sensation feels any pressure moving to Atlético with his reported €126m price tag then he certainly isn't showing it. Mesmerising in pre-season, he has continued that fine form into La Liga - scoring his first goal for Los Colchoneros against Eibar and providing an assist in their win in Leganes. The young kid is already looking the part and feeling right at home under the tutelage of Diego Simeone. If you fancy Felix to make Atleti title contenders this year, check out the online football betting with 888.

Kieran Trippier: Tottenham to Atlético Madrid

Another Atlético purchase and one that could pay handsomely for both club and player. Signed for €22m and already the alliance is paying dividends with Trippier starting and staring in his first three games for the club. The player, with possibly a point to prove after a disappointment outing last season at Tottenham, looks to have put that behind him and feels right at home in La Liga to return to the outstanding levels he showed in the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Nabil Fekir: Lyon to Real Betis

The €19m signing of the French World Cup winner is proving to be one of the bargains of the Spanish summer window with fantastic stylish performances the norm. His match away against Barcelona was impressive - scoring a well taken goal and Betis' best attacking threat in spite of their loss to the side from the Camp Nou. He took his promising form into their game against Leganes and scored again, producing an overall fine performance for Los Verdiblancos. A shrewd signing indeed with more to come from the Frenchman.

Shinji Kagawa: Borussia Dortmund to Real Zaragoza

The Japanese footballing world went into meltdown after the stunning swoop by Real Zaragoza to clinch the signing of Bundesliga and Premier League winner Shinji Kagawa on a two-year deal. An amazing transfer for just €3m and a remarkable piece of business made even more astonishing considering that Real Zaragoza aren’t even in La Liga - plying their trade in the Second Division.

Their manager, the experienced Victor Fernández, really has pulled a rabbit out of the hat with this acquisition and the move has already made waves in Japan with fans and press flocking to La Romareda to see their hero play in these shores. Kagawa’s move was fuelled by the fact he held a long aspiration to sample Spanish football. Huge tick on those fronts.

He has not come to make up the numbers either - still only 30-years-old, but still proving to be one of the most valuable players in the league. After four games of the season, he has scored one goal in four appearances and has propelled his team to second in the automatic promotion places to La Liga. His experience could prove crucial to their return to Spain’s top table come next June.

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