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La Liga 2022 winter transfer window

Fri 04 February 2022 | 7:30

Who’s joined whom in the Spanish top-flight? How much have Spanish teams spent to acquire their signings? Follow us below as we delve deeper into details about the La Liga January 2022 transfer window and get to see who the arrivals and departures are.

The English Premier League might have taken the lead in becoming a more commercialized league in Europe, but La Liga has always been one of the most thrilling and star-studded leagues in the world. We have seen many legendary players come and go over the years, especially in the winter transfer window.

While the curse of the January transfers still stands and superstitious footballers and clubs tend to stay away from signing big-money arrivals in the winter, we still got to see some big names join Spanish clubs in the couple of weeks that passed. From unbelievable loan deals to seemingly unnecessary expenditures, there are many transfers to talk about after the deadline day.

Surely you too are eager to find out more about

La Liga 2022 winter transfer window

and all the players that have switched clubs over the course of January. So read on as we provide detailed information about both the arrivals and departures, while also commenting on the clubs’ forms in the league so far.

La Liga 2022 winter transfer news

From Ferran Torres and Adama Traore joining Barcelona, to Daniel Wass and Reinildo Mandava joining Atletico Madrid, there are a couple of great talents to talk about. Some might think that the La Liga 2022 winter transfer window was quite uneventful as not many deals were done in January, yet even those few transfers are worth talking about. So without further ado, here is everything you need to know about La Liga transfers in 2021/22 and the Spanish clubs’ performance in the league so far.

Atletico Madrid

Arrivals:

Reinildo Mandava (LOSC Lille), Daniel Wass (Valencia)

Departures:

Kieran Trippier (Newcastle), Ivan Saponjic (Slovan Bratislava)

Atletico Madrid

have not been their usual selves lately and one could hardly take the capital-based club for the reigning champions of Spain. Diego Simeone’s side have been struggling to find their best form in the league and are already fourteen points behind league leaders Real Madrid. While the summer of 2020 saw Luis Suarez join Atleti to help them become domestic champions, their

La Liga 2022 winter transfer window

was not even close to any of their other periods.

Los Rojiblancos let go of Kieran Trippier for €15 million, who has joined the newly acquired Newcastle and is set to kick-start a new era of brilliance at the Premier League club. Simeone went on to sign Reinildo Mandava from LOSC Lille for €3 million as Trippier’s replacement, while also bringing in a right-back named Daniel Wass to roam the right flank. Wass arrived at the Wanda Metropolitano from Valencia for a little less than €3 million.

The La Liga January 2022 transfer window could have been a chance for Simeone to add to his squad depth and push on for a better spot in the league, but the Argentine boss has opted to keep things quiet for a while and roam the fourth spot below Real Betis and Sevilla for the time being.

Barcelona

Arrivals:

Ferran Torres (Man City), Adama Traore (Wolverhampton – loan), Dani Alves (free agent), Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Departures:

Alex Collado (Granada – loan), Philippe Coutinho (Aston Villa – loan), Inaki Pena (Galatasaray – loan), Sergio Aguero (retired)

Barcelona

were surprisingly one of the most active clubs in the

La Liga 2022 winter transfer window

. The Blaugrana have had one of their worst seasons ever so far. Having lost Lionel Messi to Paris Saint-Germain over the summer and having let go of their main striker Luis Suarez in the previous season, Barcelona have been in deep trouble in the past couple of years and no one seems to have an idea on how to save the Spanish giants.

With Ronald Koeman being sacked before the new year, everything took a turn for Barca as Xavi was announced as their new manager. While the Spanish legend failed to do the impossible and keep his side in the Champions League for the next couple of months, the Catalan giants seem to have found their feet lately as they are pushing for a place in a UCL spot for the next season.

According to the La Liga 2022 winter transfer news, Barcelona signed Ferran Torres from

Manchester City

for a whopping fee of €55 million as the 21-year-old right winger personally asked for the transfer deal to be done. Of course the arrivals department is not filled by Torres alone as the Blaugrana have also signed Adama Traore on loan from Wolverhampton Wanderers, while also making the return of Dani Alves possible.

There have also been talks of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang wanting to join Barcelona in the past couple of days and it seems that a deal has been struck between the player and the Spanish club. We will have to wait and see if Xavi can make good use of his new arrivals for the rest of the season, as the five-time Champions League winners work to finish in a UCL spot for the next campaign.

Real Madrid

Arrivals:

No arrivals.

Departures:

No departures.

It seems that Los Blancos needed no new additions to their already well-working and well-oiled machine.

Real Madrid

have been brilliant since Carlo Ancelotti’s return in the summer of 2021 and they seem to be the potential league winners in the end. While both Barcelona and Atletico Madrid are struggling to assert their dominance over the league table, Real Madrid have been able to keep a consistent form both in La Liga and the Champions League.

They are currently four points above their pursuers Sevilla and have got a number of tough games ahead of themselves in their journey towards becoming champions of Spain. They always say that if something is working, don’t change it, and that is exactly what Ancelotti has been doing in the La Liga 2022 winter transfer window.

While Barcelona have spent millions on bringing in new players, Real Madrid have stayed dormant by not signing anyone in January. Of course the

La Liga January 2022 transfer window

has not been that boring for the Madrid giants as they have been heavily linked with a highly ambitious project that involves signing both Kylian Mbappe and Erling Braut Haaland.

Sevilla

Arrivals:

Tecatito Corona (FC Porto), Anthony Martial (Manchester United – loan)

Departures:

Ibrahim Amadou (FC Metz), Oscar Rodriguez (Getafe – loan), Oussama Idrissi (Cadiz – loan)

It is certainly a nice change of pace to see a club other than the usual top-three in La Liga challenge for the league title. That is why

Sevilla

have attracted quite a lot of attention in their pursuit of Real Madrid in an intense league rivalry. While Julen Lopetegui failed to accomplish his duties at Real Madrid when he was appointed as the club’s main manager a couple of years ago, he has since made up for his past mistakes by taking Sevilla up a level or two in terms of football.

Los Nervionenses have been quite incredible in the 2021-22 season and are currently the only club who can reach Real Madrid in the coming weeks. They are currently four points behind league leaders and are hoping to implement their new La Liga transfers in 2021/2022 to push further for a chance to win the league.

Sevilla have signed Tecatito Corona from FC Porto for €3 million, while acquiring Manchester City’s Anthony Martial on loan for the rest of the season. Both arrivals are great additions to the Spanish club as they actually managed to acquire Corona for almost one-eighth of his actual market value. The La Liga 2022 winter transfer window has definitely been a good one for Sevilla and the club’s supporters are undoubtedly eager to see their side reap the results in the coming months.

Real Sociedad

Arrivals:

Rafinha (PSG – loan)

Departures:

No departures.

According to the latest

La Liga 2022 winter transfer news

, Real Sociedad have signed Rafinha on loan from

Paris Saint-Germain

for the rest of the season, which is certainly a brilliant move for the Spanish side. Sociedad are currently on the brink of making it into the Champions League, but only if they can beat the likes of Barcelona and Atletico Madrid to the spot.

With the difference being only a couple of points, Los Txuri-Urdin are undoubtedly motivated enough to push further ahead and outperform two of the best teams in the world. Rafinha’s addition to the club will add to their squad depth and allow them to have a better working squad thanks to Rafinha’s brilliance in the middle of the field.

Villarreal

Arrivals:

Giovani Lo Celso (Tottenham), Santiago Caseres (end of loan), Javi Ontiveros (end of loan)

Departures:

Javi Ontiveros (Fuenlabrada – loan), Ivan Martin (Girona – loan)

Unai Emery’s

Villarreal

side is right where they used to be in the previous season. The former Arsenal manager helped the Yellow Submarines win the Europa League in the 2020-21 campaign, but has failed to make an impact in the league since his arrival. The news about

La Liga transfers in 2021/2022

did not have much of a significance in Villarreal’s case as the only major move in the club’s books is Giovani Lo Celso’s arrival from Tottenham on loan for the rest of the season.

They are currently sitting seventh with 32 points and are only a couple of points behind Real Sociedad, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid, which means that they too have a chance to push for a spot in the next season’s Champions League.

Real Betis

Arrivals:

No arrivals.

Departures:

Sidnei (Cruzeiro), Rober Gonzalez (Las Palmas - loan)

Real Betis have been the surprise package of the season just like Sevilla and are currently the only club other than Julen Lopetegui’s side to have the slightest chance of catching up to Real Madrid in the coming weeks. Los Verdiblancos are currently ten points behind the league leaders and have the potential to at least finish second if everything goes according to plan.

Manuel Pellegrini’s brilliance has turned the tides on Betis’ favor as they are working as a well-oiled machined instead of working as a set of astray individuals. That is why there were no news about La Liga transfers in 2021/22 as they have opted not to sign anyone new in order to avoid the responsibility and the effort needed to implement the new signings into the already well-working squad.

Athletic Bilbao

Arrivals:

No arrivals.

Departures:

Jon Morcillo (Real Valladolid – loan), Peru Nolaskoain (Amorebieta – loan)

Atlteic Bilbao are one of the mid-table sides that may have the chance to finish in a Europa League spot if they play their cards right and if their rivals fail to deliver in the coming weeks. The La Liga 2022 winter transfer window has been quite dull for Bilbao as they have been inactive all throughout January. Of course with everything that football clubs have gone through during the COVID-19 pandemic, it is obvious for most teams to not have enough resources to spare in winter transfer windows.

Granada

Arrivals:

Matias Arezo (River Plate), Myrto Uzuni (Ferencvaros), Njegos Petrovic (Red Star), Alex Collado (Barcelona – loan)

Departures:

Luis Abram (Cruz Azul – loan), Adrian Butzke (Pacos Ferreira – loan), Alpha Dionkou (Barcelona B – loan), Monchu (Real Valladolid – loan)

While many of the top clubs have been quite inactive in the La Liga 2022 winter transfer window, Granada have been on a shopping spree lately and have signed four players already. The Spanish side acquired Matias Arezo from River Plate for €5 million, while paying a total of €5 million for Myrto Uzuni and Njegos Petrovic’s transfer as well.

They have also acquired Alex Collado on loan from Barcelona for the rest of the season. Granada are currently sitting fourteenth on the league table and might get too close to the relegation zone if they slip up in the coming weeks. We will have to wait and see if these signings can help the Nazaries in keeping themselves in the upper half of the league table.

Celta Vigo

Arrivals:

Orbelin Pineda (Cruz Azul)

Departures:

Miguel Baeza (Ponferradina – loan), Okay Yokuslu (Getafe – loan)

The list of La Liga transfers in 2021/22 is not empty for Celta de Vigo, but it is not a particularly magnificent one either. Celta Vigo are another one of the mid-table sides and are currently battling to cement their place on the upper half of the league table. Their only arrival in the winter is Orbelin Pineda, who has joined the Spanish side from CD Cruz Azul on a free transfer deal.

Pineda’s current market value is estimated to be around €9 million, which is already a win for

Celta Vigo

, even if they decide not to make use of their new signing. The 25-year-old winger actually joined Cruz Azul for more than €10 million in 2019 and has now left the Mexican club for free after failing to make much of an impact in Liga MX.

Cadiz

Arrivals:

Lucas Perez (Elche), Luis Hernandez (Tel Aviv), Fede San Emeterio (Real Valladolid – loan), Ruben Alcaraz (Real Valladolid – loan), Oussama Idrissi (Sevilla – loan)

Departures:

Marcos Mauro (FC Juarez), Martin Calderon (Mirandes – loan), Jon Ander Garrido (Mirandes – loan), Alvaro Jimenez (Ibiza – loan), Miilutin Osmajic (Bandirmaspor – loan)

Just like Celta Vigo, Cadiz have been active in the La Liga 2022 winter transfer window as well. The reason behind their busy schedule in the transfer market is without a doubt their recent struggle in the league. Cadiz are currently in the relegation zone and risk being relegated to the lower tier of Spanish football if they continue playing in the same fashion they have been so far. While they still have the chance to lift themselves up and avoid relegation in the coming weeks, it certainly won’t be an easy task for The Pirates.

RCD Espanyol

Arrivals:

Tonny Vilhena (Krasnodar – loan), Juan Camilo Becerra (end of loan)

Departures:

Alvaro Vadillo (Malaga – loan), Juan Camilo Becerra (Gimnastic – loan)

Espanyol are a mid-table side and their La Liga transfers in 2021/2022 shows that they have acted as any mid-table side would. They have only gone on to sign Tonny Vilhena on loan from Krasnodar for the rest of the season, while sending their young talents out on loan themselves.

CA Osasuna

Arrivals:

No arrivals.

Departures:

Jaume Grau (Real Zaragoza), Rober Ibanez (CD Leganes – loan)

Osasuna have been quite inactive in the La Liga 2022 winter transfer window and we will have to wait and see if they make any major signings in the summer of 2022. With the current financial situation that most football clubs are in, it was a wise move from Osasuna to hold on to their resources for the time being, while pushing on for a better position on the league table.

Levante

Arrivals:

Martin Caceres (Cagliari)

Departures:

Pablo Martinez (SD Huesca – loan), Alex Blesa (CD Castellon – loan)

Levante

are by far the worst-performing team in the Spanish top-flight and there is little hope for them to make it out of the relegation zone in time for the end of the season. Los Granotes only have a total of 11 points from their first 21 league games, which is utterly disappointing for the club’s supporters, who are about to see their team get relegated to the lower tier of Spanish football in the coming months.

Of course nothing is written in stone and everything can change in the near future and Levante might even be able to turn the tides in their favor and get out of the relegation zone in an unbelievable manner. We will have to wait and see how things pan out in the coming months.

Valencia

Arrivals:

Giorgi Mamardashvili (Dinamo Tbilisi), Eray Comert (FC Basel), Bryan Gil (Tottenham – loan), Ilaix Moriba (RB Leipzig – loan)

Departures:

Daniel Wass (Atletico Madrid), Jason (Alaves), Cristiano Piccini (Red Star), Alex Blanco (Como – loan), Jorge Saenz (Mirandes – loan), Manu Vallejo (Alaves – loan)

Valencia

have clearly been one of the most active sides in the January transfer window both in the arrivals and departures departments. They have signed several young and aspiring players both on loan and on permanent deals, while also letting go of some of their older players, most of whom have left on free transfer deals.

Valencia are currently right in the middle of the table with 29 points and things can go both ways for the Bats in the coming months. They can either push on for a better position, or drop points in case they fail to implement their new signings in time.

Getafe

Arrivals:

Borja Mayoral (AS Roma – loan), Gonzalo Villar (AS Roma – loan), Oscar Rodriguez (Sevilla – loan), Okya Yokuslu (Celta Vigo – loan), Gaston Alvarez (Boston River – loan)

Departures:

David Timor (Huesca), Allan Nyom (Leganes), Chema (Eibar – loan), Dario Poveda (Huesca – loan)

Getafe have loaned in several talented youngsters from AS Roma and Sevilla and are perhaps planning on boosting their stats in the league. They have acquired Borja Mayoral and Gonzalo Villar on loan from Jose Mourinho’s AS Roma, while bringing in Oscar Rodriguez and Okay Yokuslu from Sevilla and Celta Vigo respectively. They are currently near the relegation zone and these arrivals can certainly prove useful in their efforts to push on for a better position on the league table in the coming months.

Deportivo Alaves

Arrivals:

Jason (Valencia), Gonzalo Escalante (Lazio – loan), Nahuel Tenaglia (Talleres – loan), Many Vallejo (Valencia – loan)

Departures:

Tachi (Fuenlabrada – loan), Mamadou Sylla (Rayo Vallecano – loan)

Deportivo Alaves are currently in the relegation zone with 17 points in 22 league games. While they are not that far behind from the likes of Mallorca and Getafe, it will still be a difficult task to get out of the relegation zone with several loan players. The race for getting out of the relegation zone is as thrilling and intense as it is the race for becoming La Liga champions and we are certainly watching with great interest to see who gets relegated to the lower tier of Spanish football at the end of the season.

Elche

Arrivals:

Lucas Olaza (Real Valladolid – loan), Kike Perez (Real Valladolid – loan), Ezequiel Ponce (Spartak Moscow – loan)

Departures:

Lucas Perez (Cadiz), Josema (Real Valladolid – loan), Axel Werner (Arsenal Sarandi – loan), Dario Bendetto (Marseille – end of loan)

Just like most other clubs in the Spanish top-flight, Elche have opted to sign a couple of players on loan, while sending a couple of their own players out on loan as well. With 23 points in 22 league games, Elche are currently on the brink of relegation and will have to put a lot more effort to stay out of the relegation zone for the rest of the season.

RCD Mallorca

Arrivals:

Vedat Muriqi (Lazio – loan), Giovanni Gonzalez (Penarol), Sergio Rico (PSG – loan)

Departures:

Aleksandar Trajkovski (Al-Fayha), Lago Junior (Huesca – loan), Aleix Febas (Malaga – loan), Joan Sastre (PAOK Salonika – loan), Jordi Mboula (Estoril Praia – loan)

Mallorca are currently in the danger of being relegated if they drop further points in the coming weeks. Perhaps that is why they have loaned several players to get out of the rut they have been in for quite a while. They have signed Vedat Muriqi from Lazio, Giovanni Gonzalez from Penarol and Sergio Rico from Paris Saint-Germain, all of whom are loan signings.

Rayo Vallecano

Arrivals:

Mamadou Sylla (Alaves – loan)

Departures:

Yacine Qasmi (Leganes), Lass Bangoura (PAS Lamia – loan), Jose Pozo (Al-Ahli – loan), Sergio Moreno (SD Amorebieta – loan), Andre Martin (Tenerife – loan), Ivan Arboleda (Newell’s Old Boys – loan)

Rayo Vallecano have not had much activity in the arrivals department, but they surely were active in loaning out their youth players in January. They currently roam the middle of the league table with 31 points in 21 games and are surely motivated to push for a spot in the Conference League or even the Europa League for the next season.

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