We have finally arrived at La Liga January transfer window 2021. There are exciting rumors heard from every corner of Europe, linking footballers to teams in the Spanish Primera Division. Follow us below as we update you on La Liga latest transfer news of 2021.
The dreaded year of 2020 has finally come to an end and the new year has started with quite a lot of exciting rumors for La Liga fans and some worrying rumors for Barcelona fans, as everyone has keeping their eyes peeled on Lionel Messi’s next move, to see if he would finally make a decision to sign for another club after so many years in Catalonia, or if he would renegotiate his terms and sign a contract extension with Barcelona.
The latest La Liga Transfer News and Rumours are getting hotter every day, as even Real Madrid have been linked to several players, even though the manager, Zinedine Zidane, explicitly announced his wish to stay out of the January transfer window this year. No matter what the club have announced, there are several La Liga transfer rumours of 2021 that link some players to Los Blancos.
We know that you too are excited to know all about the latest news on who has gone where. So without further ado, let us have a look at the latest La Liga Transfer News and Rumours.
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If you as well are intrigued to be updated on everything that has been going on in La Liga’s January transfer window, then we have just the information you need. Read on to have further info on all the latest rumors and confirmed deals in the Spanish Primera Division.
Before updating you on the latest done deals and completed transfers of this year’s January transfer window, we have provided below a number of hot rumors about some of the world-class players that might or might not be joining or moving out of a club in La Liga. Here are the rumors that have been going around in the media.
Let us get the most obvious of them all out of the way before we delve into the world of rumors and confirmed transfers. Lionel Messi’s falling out with the club’s former president, Josep Bartomeu, and all of the drama that followed it in 2020 stirred quite a lot of controversy for months, as it even got quite serious in a week or two, when the Argentine GOAT had had enough and wanted to leave Barcelona for good at all costs.
Fortunately for Barcelona fans, the six-time Ballon d’Or winner was held off at the gates, as he claimed he did not want to take the club he loved and adored the most to court in order to get justice. But that did not stop the world from speculating where Messi’s next destination was going to be. Even to this day, people are still making assumptions on the left-footed genius’ preferences.
Per rumors regarding the La Liga January transfer window 2021, obviously many clubs are interested in signing the Argentina international. But not all of these clubs have the budget or the means of piquing his interest and persuading him to join their ranks. There are, however, two clubs in particular that have both the motif and the means of persuading the Argentine, and these two clubs are Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain.
With the Cityzens tying Messi’s beloved manager, Pep Guardiola, to another contract extension, and the Parisians having Messi’s old buddy, Neymar, in their ranks, it could be quite difficult for Messi to choose between the two available clubs. Of course he has also pointed out his interest in joining MLS one day, but might be too good to be true for MLS fans, as Messi is still in his prime and could go on for another couple of seasons before having to decide on his future again.
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Even though Real Madrid have been planning on renovating their stadium and saving money for their next Galacticos such as Kylian Mbappe or even Erling Braut Haaland, one could not ignore the fact that their recent signing of Eder Militao has not been as successful as they might have hoped, as the Brazilian has not been able to impress at the club, leaving the stage to bigger stars, namely Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane.
It has been public knowledge for some time that the Austrian defender is planning on parting ways with Bayern Munich after a decade. That is why many clubs have been linked with him, including the Premier League side, Chelsea, and of course Real Madrid, who have been heavily linked with David Alaba, as they want a replacement for their aging backline. We will have to wait and see if he finally gets to be one of the La Liga january signings of 2021.
The 28-year-old has already won quite a lot of trophies with Bayern Munich, including 2 Champions League trophies, 9 Bundesliga titles, 6 DFB Pokal trophies, 2 UEFA Supercups, 1 FIFA Club World Cup and 5 German Super Cups. Based on how illustrious his career has been with the Bavarians, it is clearly not an issue of success, but rather an issue of financial nature.
David Alaba has been demanding a higher wage for quite some time now, but his current club cannot afford his higher wage demands. That is why he has waited until his contract nears its expiration date. His current contract will expire in June 2021 and is free to negotiate a pre-contract deal with any club that he desires.
Even though he has been heavily linked with clubs such as Real Madrid and Chelsea, neither of these clubs seem to be willing to meet the world-class defender’s wage demands, which is the main issue at Bayern as well. We will have to wait and see how things will pan out in the end, and where the Austrian will end up playing.
Certainly Real Madrid fans would want to have him on their side, as they have shown signs of weakness at the back when Sergio Ramos is not around to solidify the defensive line. Can Florentino Perez pull another trick out of his sleeves and persuade David Alaba to join Real Madrid’s ranks next season?
Regarding the rumored transfers of La Liga winter transfer window of 2021, there are speculations that Atletico Madrid have enquired about the former Real Madrid and current Chelsea left-back, Marcos Alonso, who has recently turned 30-years-old. Of course the La Liga side are not interested in buying the footballer, as they plan on signing the Spaniard on a loan deal. The rumors are certainly getting stronger every day, and it might be a matter of time before we finally see him don the Atletico Madrid shirt.
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With the arrival of Joao Felix and Luis Suarez, it seems that the veteran Spanish striker felt underappreciated at Atletico Madrid, as he requested that his contracted be terminated immediately. That is exactly what the club’s board have done, and Diego Costa is now a free agent, able to move to any club he desires without the team paying any transfer fees. The 32-year-old has won 2 Premier League titles, the English League Cup, the 2013/14 La Liga title, a Copa del Rey, a Europa League trophy and 3 UEFA Supercups throughout his career.
He might want to get back to the Premier League and challenge himself once again with Chelsea, or even Arsenal or Wolves. He might even move to a whole new league for new adventures, as nothing can stop the tank of a striker, who is named Diego Costa. We will be monitoring his moves with great care to bring you the latest La Liga january transfer window news of 2021.
With Cristiano Ronaldo moving to Juventus, Florentino Perez has spent literally millions in order to fill the Portuguese goal machine’s place with another striker. He has signed the likes of Eden Hazard and Luka Jovic, but none have been able to fill his shoes at the club. Luka Jovic in particular, has been unbelievably far away from his form at Eintracht Frankfurt, where he initially managed to get Real Madrid’s attention.
The 23-year-old Serbian striker has been linked with a loan move to several clubs, including Wolverhampton Wanderers and his previous club, Frankfurt, as he aims to get more time on the pitch and at least keep his current form, since Madrid’s old-timer Karim Benzema is still the king when it comes to being the club’s go-to number 9. Of course it is not one of the La Liga january transfer done deals in 2021 yet, but the speculations are getting stronger every day.
Jovic managed to make 75 appearances during his spell at Frankfurt, as he scored a total of 36 goals and provided 9 assists in those appearances, which caught the attention of some of the elite clubs in Europe. Aside from the La Liga title and the Spanish Super Cup that he has won with Real Madrid, he has also won the 2017/18 DFB Pokal, 2 Primerira Liga titles with Benfica and 2 Serbian SuperLiga titles with Red Star Belgrade over the years.
His future does not seem very bright at the moment, which is why he needs a loan move to another club, where he could get regular first-team action. While he could move to another club, there is always the option of staying and proving his worth to the manager, his teammates and his supporters. But succeeding in that will take a huge amount of effort, especially since his French teammate Karim Benzema is in such a fine form. Now follow us below as we unveil La Liga january transfer done deals in 2021.
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The information below is about all of the done deals of this year’s transfer window. Read on to find out who has put pen on paper to join which club.
The 32-year-old defensive midfielder is the first signing of the La Liga winter transfer window of 2021. The former Toulouse and Tottenham footballer spent five years with Watford, before finally signing for Villarreal a couple of days ago. He managed to make a total of 181 appearances overall, scoring 14 goals and providing 8 assists in the process. But he decided to join the La Liga side after Watford got finally relegated to the championship this season. Unai Emery will be counting on his new signing, as his club have spent roughly $4 million on bringing him into their ranks.
Based on the La Liga latest transfer news of 2021, Eibar’s Jose Antonio Martinez has moved to the MLS in order to join FC Dallas on loan. The center-back was born in January 1993, and is currently 27 years old. The 1.89 m (6 ft 2 in) tall defender will be hoping to find his feet at FC Dallas and prove that he is worthy of going back to his club, or even worthy of making his move to FC Dallas permanent. He has also previously been a part of Sevilla and Barcelona’s B sides.
Following the La Liga january transfer news of 2021, Aaron Martin Caricol has moved to Celta Vigo on loan from Mainz, after spending two years with the Bundesliga side. The 23-year-old has made a total of 164 appearances before his loan move to Celta Vigo, helping Espanyol qualify for La Liga in 2016. We will have to wait and see how the Spaniard fares at his new club.
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Next on our list of La Liga january signings of 2021 is Barcelona’s Carles Alena, who has agreed on a loan move to Getafe. There was a time when people hyped up Alena’s presence at Nou Camp, as they believed that the Spaniard was to be the next Xavi for the Blaugranas. But the road has been a tough one for the 23-year-old midfielder, as he has spent his time on loan at Real Betis since last year and has now moved to another club in La Liga on loan.
His chances at being a first-team starter grew even thinner with the arrival of Frenkie de Jong from Ajax, which is why the club and Ronald Koeman saw it fit to loan him to a club where they could keep a close eye on his development. Alena has made a total of 44 appearances since the 2016/17 season, making most of his appearances in the 2018/19 season, when he got to play in 27 matches for the Catalonians.
One of the perks of playing for such a world-class club is that no matter how many games you get to play, you still win several trophies in the process. The Spaniard has won 2 Copas del Rey and 1 La Liga title with Barcelona, and hopes to get more playing time at Getafe, who currently sit just above the relegation zone on the league table.
The Japanese prodigy Takefusa Kubo first hit the headlines when he surprisingly signed for Real Madrid in 2019, with his move being riddled with confusion. He is originally a La Masia product, but had to go back to his home country to the age restrictions put to protect the youth from moving to foreign countries at an early age. Kubo moved back to Japan and joined FC Tokyo and became the youngest player in J.League history at the age of 15 years, 5 months and 1 day old.
Not only did Kubo become the youngest player in his home country’s top-flight, he also became the youngest goalscorer in J.League history five months after his debut. It counted as a victory over Barcelona for Los Blancos after they managed to snatch the Japan international from under the Catalans’ noses, further implementing their new strategy of signing young and exciting prospects instead of older, experienced Galacticos.
While Kubo did manage to make the headlines once back in 2019, he has also made the La Liga january transfer window news of 2021 due to his shaky start to the season at Villarreal, whom he had initially joined on loan at the start of the season. It is reasonable that Real Madrid would want to keep a close eye on their young prodigy, which is why he was loaned out to a club in La Liga.
Villarreal manager Unai Emery, however, seems to have little time for raising the future stars of Real Madrid, and has focused his attention on the collective development of his team. The Yellow Submarine currently sits 4th on the league table and is in quite an intense rivalry with the top-3 clubs, which is why Emery did not give the inexperienced Kubo the playtime he needs. Now the Japanese youngster has moved to Getafe on loan to give it one more shot before the end of the season. He is one of the latest La Liga january signings of 2021.
La Liga january transfer window news of 2021 are getting hotter by the minute, but there are transfers such as Sergio Gonzalez’s loan move from Cadiz to Tenerife, that balance out the intensity by giving the transfer window a rather calm sense. For those of you who are not familiar with Sergio Gonzalez, he is a 23-year-old center-back born in 1997, who has recently joined Tenerife from Cadiz CF.
Gonzalez is originally a Cadiz CF youth academy graduate and went onto pitch as a professional senior footballer for the first time in 2016. Making less than 30 league appearances since makings his senior debut at Cadiz, he has now joined Tenerife in hopes of getting more first-team action to develop his talents and realize his full potential. He will be on loan at CD Tenerife for the remainder of the 2020/21 season.
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There were rumors about the French striker joining the Rojiblancos after Diego Costa terminated his contract with the club due to Luis Suarez’s arrival in the Summer. Moussa Dembele has joined Atletico Madrid on loan from Olympique Lyon, and will be spending the rest of the season with the Spanish league leaders, who have successfully managed to stay on top and above other title challengers such as Real Madrid, Barcelona and Villarreal. Could 2021 be Diego Simeone and Atletico Madrid’s year once again? We will see.
The 24-year-old striker has joined the Spanish giants with a lot of promise, as he is quite a prolific and lethal goal scorer when he is on form. The issue, however, is the fact that Dembele has struggled to find his form this season, as he has scored only 1 goal in 16 appearances for Lyon, most of which have been made coming off the bench.
According to our La Liga January 2021 transfer window live update, Atletico Madrid youngster Manu Sanchez has moved to Osasuna on loan until the summer of 2021. Manuel "Manu" Sanchez de la Pena is one of Atletico’s Generation Z footballers, as he was born in the year 2000. He is currently finding his form as a left-back, which is why he has moved to Osasuna on loan to improve his game even further and be able to take his spot in the Atletico Madrid squad.
He only got to make 1 La Liga appearance during the first half of the 2020/21 season, while he got to play a total of 5 games in the 2019/20 season, which is still not enough for a youngster’s proper development. We shall see how many appearances he gets to make for Osasuna, who are currently sitting in the relegation zone, 19th on the league table.
It is safe to say that Luka Jovic has been one of Real Madrid’s worst signings in history. The striker came to the club with quite a lot of promise as he became their most expensive striker ever. While many believed that he could at least pair up with Benzema or idealistically replace the aging striker, Luka Jovic’s attitude betrayed the Serbian as he flopped so bad, that Zidane had to send him back to his old club, where he used to tear apart the opposition defenders and haunt their goalkeepers.
Jovic moved to Madrid for a whopping €60 million as many believed that his move was the start of a new Galacticos era, but the only galactic thing about Jovic was his price tag, as he only managed to score 2 goals and provide 2 assists in 32 appearances and more than 1,000 minutes of playtime.
Now he has returned to Eintracht Frankfurt, where he became the club’s most prolific goal scorer, in hopes of returning to his former self and his prime once again. Fortunately for Jovic and Mardidistas, the center-forward is only 23 years old and has got enough time to get back on his feet and avoid being one of Real Madrid’s worst flops of all time.
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According to La Liga January 2021 transfer window live update, Girona’s Johan Mojica has joined Elche on loan until the summer of 2021. The 28-year-old left-back has played for quite a number of teams, including Rayo Vallecano, Real Valladolid, Atalanta and the Colombian side, Deportivo Cali. He moved to Girona in 2018 for €5 million after spending two loan spells at the club. However, he has once again been spending his time on loan since September 2020, joining Atalanta first and now moving to Girona for the remainder of the season.
Pablo de Blasis has officially joined Cartagena after his contract with Eibar expired in July 2020. He arrived at Eibar for €2 million from FSV Mainz 05 in 2018 and got to make a total of 58 appearances in two seasons. The Argentine veteran is versatile enough to play in a number of key positions, including both the wings and the right-back. de Blasis will turn 33 years old next month and has joined La Liga 2 side, FC Cartagena until June 2021.
Borja Garces is one of Atletico Madrid’s latest academy products, who is currently 21 years old and is hungry for goals and glory. The Spanish forward has joined CF Fuenlabrada on loan for the remainder of the season to get more first team action and improve his abilities to one day become an integral part of Atletico’s first team. His current transfer market value is believed to be around €3 million and could see a significant rise if he manages to make an impression during his first loan spell away from Atletico Madrid.