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Most expensive La Liga signings of winter 2022

Fri 25 February 2022 | 7:30

Who are on the list of La Liga winter 2022 most expensive signings? How much did Spanish clubs pay in order to bring in these costly players? Follow us below as we take a look at the careers of these new arrivals and get to see how their new clubs have fared in the league so far.

The January transfer window is already shut closed and teams have completed their business in the best way they were able to do so. So many great talents switched clubs throughout the month that passed and many promising players have joined several clubs in the Spanish top-flight. La Liga has been quite thrilling this season as we have seen Atletico Madrid and Barcelona suffer a heavy dip in form early on in the season, which led to the likes of Real Betis and Sevilla to take their chances and take their rightful place at the top alongside Real Madrid.

 While some clubs have enjoyed having their squads work like a well-oiled machine, others have suffered the fact that their team lacks the coherence that it should have. That is why so much money was spent on bringing in several players in January. But who were the most expensive arrivals amongst all of the new signings? How much cash did their clubs need to splash in order to bring them in?

Surely you too are excited to know more about the

most expensive La Liga signings of winter 2022

. So read on as we provide detailed information about these arrivals and get to analyze how their new teams have fared in the league so far.

Most expensive La Liga transfers of winter 2022

From Getafe’s new striker Borja Mayoral, to Atletico Madrid’s new central midfielder Daniel Wass and Barcelona’s star signing, Ferran Torres, there are so many great talents amongst the most expensive La Liga signings of winter 2022. So without further ado, here is everything you need to know about these costly players and their careers throughout the years.

Borja Mayoral

  • Transfer: Real Madrid/AS Roma – Getafe

  • Transfer fee: Loan - €500k

The January transfer window led us to witness a rather uncommon event, during which Borja Mayoral, who was already on loan at AS

Roma

, joined

Getafe

on loan for the rest of the season. While Roma at acquired Mayoral’s services from Real Madrid, Getafe agreed to pay the remaining loan fee for the Spaniard in order to loan him in until summer. Even though Mayoral is a loan signing, his loan fee was enough to put him on the list of La Liga winter 2022 most expensive signings.

The 24-year-old center-forward grew up in the city of Madrid and gained prominence as a talented striker at Real Madrid’s youth academy. He went on to spend some time on loan at VfL

Wolfsburg

back in 2016, before joining Los Blancos’ senior team in 2017.

Having spent a year with Real Madrid, Mayoral did not get the chances he needed to prove himself and that is why he went on to spend some time on loan at Levante before joining AS Roma and now Getafe on loan until the end of the 2021-22 season. Mayoral is still young and might get the chance to play a secondary role at Real Madrid. His current market value is estimated to be around €10 million, which shows us that he is indeed a quality striker who just isn’t considered to be good enough the Merengues.

Since his arrival at Getafe as one of the

most expensive La Liga signings of winter 2022

, Borja Mayoral has been quite an effective center-forward. He scored his first goal for the Spanish club during his debut as he led his team to a 4-2 victory over Granada. With two goals and an assist in four appearances so far, Mayoral has the potential to play a vital role in Getafe’s attempts to avoid relegation at the end of the season.

While they are still in a safe zone and are out of the relegation zone for the time being, they should be wary of the danger of losing focus, which could lead to losing more points and being relegated to the second tier.

Eray Comert

  • Transfer: FC Basel – Valencia

  • Transfer fee: €800k

Valencia

are currently roaming the middle of the league table with 30 points in 24 games and are only looking forward to finishing the season in a slightly better position. That is why they decided to boost their defensive strength by signing Eray Comert from FC Basel for a little less than a million Euros. Comert is a Swiss center-back whose current market value is believed to be around €1.8 million.

Comert gained prominence as a promising defender at

FC Basel

’s youth academy back in 2014 and joined the club’s senior side two years later in 2016. He spent some time on loan at FC Lugano and FC Sion before returning to Basel in 2018. Comert earned his rightful place in the Swiss club’s starting-XI upon his return and went on to make a total of 140 appearances, even managing to score 7 goals and providing 4 assists in the process. The Switzerland international is a two-time Swiss champion and Swiss Cup winner.

Being amongst the

most expensive La Liga signings of winter 2022

, Comert is expected to prove his worth by further solidifying Valencia’s backline with his defensive prowess. He has made a total of three appearances for his new club since joining them in the January transfer window and has managed to keep one clean sheet in the process. He has already experienced a win, a draw and a defeat with the Bats and we will have to wait and see if he can find his feet at his new club in the coming weeks or not.

Giorgi Mamardashvili

  • Transfer: Dinamo Tbilisi – Valencia

  • Transfer fee: €850k

Eray Comert is not the only arrival at Valencia who is on the list of

most expensive La Liga transfers of winter 2022

. Giorgi Mamaradashvili is also one of those costly arrivals and has cost Valencia a little more than Comert. He spent his early years in Georgia playing for Rustavi and Dinamo Tbilisi before joining Valencia on loan in the summer transfer window. He went on to prove too effective in La Liga during his loan spell at Valencia, which is why the Bats decided to make his move permanent by paying €850k in order to acquire his services.

The 21-year-old goalkeeper is not his club’s main choice as of yet, but he may be the future of the club if he keeps up the good work. Mamardashvili has kept three clean sheets in his 9 appearances throughout the season. His current market value is believed to be around €3 million and it is certainly going to rise in the coming years.

While there are certainly several phenomenal young goalkeepers whose careers have already blossomed into successful ones, Mamardashvili’s career as a promising goalkeeper could one day reach such heights if he keeps his consistency. Even though the Georgian shot-stopper is yet to become a regular starter for Valencia, he is still one of the most expensive La Liga signings of winter 2022 and will have to carry the burden of being amongst these costly players until at least the end of the current season.

Njegos Petrovic

  • Transfer: Red Star – Granada

  • Transfer fee: €1.5M

Next on the list of 2022 La Liga winter transfer window most expensive signings is Njegos Petrovic, who has joined

Granada

from Red Star for €1.5 million. Petrovic is a 22-year-old Serbian defensive midfielder, who attracted continental attention after joining Red Star Belgrade from Rad in the summer of 2019. He went on to make a total of 87 appearances at Red Star, during which he managed to score 3 goals while providing a single assist.

As a defensive midfielder, Petrovic is not responsible of scoring many goals as his main duty is to help the backline by further solidifying and improving their defensive strength by cutting the passing lanes and providing more depth to the team at middle of the park. Granada are currently struggling to find their form in the Spanish top-flight and are too close to the relegation zone. Having conceded 38 goals in 25 games, Granada had to do something in order to stop this routine of conceding goals in every match.

That is why the Nazaries completed one of the most expensive La Liga transfers of winter 2022 by signing Njegos Petrovic. The Serbian has already made his debut for Granada, but is yet to find his place in the starting-XI. He has made two rather disappointing appearances for his new club and has only accumulated 46 minutes of game time under his belt. Petrovic may find his way into the club’s starting-XI in the near future, but everything is up in the air for the time being.

Daniel Wass

  • Transfer: Valencia – Atletico Madrid

  • Transfer fee: €2.7M

Atletico Madrid

have been struggling in the league quite a lot this season and far away from being the champions of La Liga. The reigning champions are at the risk of losing their place in next season’s Champions League and may not even have the chance to qualify for any other European tournament if this run of form continues until the end of the current campaign. That is why Diego Simeone has had to do something in order to change things around the dressing room.

While they managed to sign Luis Suarez for practically nothing in the summer of 2020, Atletico Madrid lost a couple of good players in the January transfer window. They also lost a couple of their key players to injury, which forced Simeone’s hand to sign Daniel Wass from Valencia for €2.7 million and make him one of the most expensive La Liga signings of winter 2022. Daniel Wass is a talented and consistent central midfielder, who is versatile enough to be deployed as a right-back or a winger as well.

Having played for Brondby, Benfica and Evian throughout the early years of his career, Wass gained much more prominence after joining

Celta Vigo

from Evian for €3 million in 2015. He went on to spend three years at the Spanish club before joining Valencia for €6 million. The Danish midfielder made a total of 152 appearances for Valencia and managed to score 9 goals while providing 15 assists in the process.

His impressive versatility has allowed all of his managers to make good use of his skill anywhere on the pitch that they have desired. That is why the 32-year-old was put on the list of

2022 La Liga winter transfer window most expensive signings

thanks to his transfer fee as Diego Simeone felt his addition to Atletico Madrid’s squad could improve their stats in the league.

Unluckily for the Argentine manager, however, Wass has suffered a Ligament injury and his return date is currently unknown. So we will have to wait for quite a while before we get to see the Denmark international prove his worth as one of the most expensive La Liga signings of winter 2022.

Reinildo Mandava

  • Transfer: LOSC Lille – Atletico Madrid

  • Transfer fee: €3M

Daniel Wass in not the only arrival at Atletico Madrid who is one the list of most expensive La Liga signings of winter 2022. Diego Simeone decided to let go of Kieran Trippier in the January transfer window as the 31-year-old joined Newcastle United amid their new project of becoming a world-class footballing club.

That is why the Rojiblancos needed a replacement for the Englishman as soon as possible, given how vital fullbacks have become for modern football in recent years. In order to fill in the void left by Trippier’s departure, Atleti signed Reinildo Mandava from LOSC

Lille

for €3 million, despite the 28-year-old left-back’s actual market value being around €10 million. Mandava rose to prominence during his loan spell at Lille back in 2019, after which he convinced the French club to pay €3 million in order to make his move permanent in the summer of that year.

He went on to make a total of 87 appearances for Lille across all competitions and helped them win the Ligue 1 title against all odds and despite the presence of Paris Saint-Germain’s star-studded team. Mandava is only one of the many Lille departures in the January transfer window.

As one of the

La Liga winter 2022 most expensive signings

, the Mozambique international has made three appearances for Atletico Madrid since joining the club in the past month. While they managed to defeat Getafe in a thrilling match that ended 4-3 in Atletico’s favor, they lost the other two games, one of which was a humiliating defeat to Barcelona.

Tecatito Corona

  • Transfer: FC Porto – Sevilla

  • Transfer fee: €3M

Next on the list of 2022 La Liga winter transfer window most expensive signings is Tecatito Corona, who has joined Sevilla from FC Porto for €3 million. The 29-year-old winger’s actual market value is estimated to be around €22 million, which shows how much of a bargain his transfer was in the January. With Barcelona and Atletico Madrid struggling to keep their consistency in the league, Sevilla have taken the chance to chase Real Madrid in a neck and neck competition to secure the league championship.

Julen Lopetegui failed to deliver as a manager at Real Madrid and is now aiming to prove Los Blancos wrong by catching up to them in the race for the league title. That is why he has built a well-oiled machine and has added a couple of new parts to his creation in the January transfer window. Sevilla are currently four points behind Real Madrid with 50 points in 24 league games. They have one of the most solid and impenetrable defenses in any league as they have conceded only 16 goals during the process of those league games.

Lopetegui has improved his squad quite a lot in the past few weeks by signing Anthony Martial on loan

Manchester United

and adding Tecatito Corona to his roster as one of the most expensive La Liga signings of winter 2022. Corona started his senior career at Monterrey and quickly joined FC Twente in the summer of 2013. He joined FC Porto for €10 million in 2015 and went on to make a total of 287 appearances for the Portuguese club, scoring 31 goals and providing 69 assists in the process.

The Mexico international has now joined

Sevilla

with a three-year contract that will expire in June 2025. Being incredibly versatile, Corona is able to be deployed on either side of the pitch and can play almost anywhere the manager desires. That is why he has already made 5 appearances for Sevilla and has managed to make an impact by providing an assist in their 2-2 draw against Celta de Vigo.

Myrto Uzuni

  • Transfer: Ferencvaros – Granada CF

  • Transfer fee: €4M

Granada have spent quite a lot of money in order to keep themselves away from the relegation zone. Aside from bringing in Njegos Petrovic, they have also signed Myrto Uzuni from Ferencvaros for €4 million. The Albanian winger attracted a lot of attention with his performance in the Champions League qualifiers as he managed to score four goals while providing four assists in the process of 8 appearances. Since his arrival at Granada, Uzuni has made two appearances and is yet to make an impact at his new club.

As an immensely versatile forward who is able to play on either side of the pitch, he will have to put in a lot more effort in order to prove his worth to his new club, especially since they lost the two games in which Uzuni was in the starting lineup. The 26-year-old’s current market value is estimated to be around €4 million and we will have to wait and see if he manages to live up to the billing in the near future.

Matias Arezo

  • Transfer: River Plate – Granada

  • Transfer fee: €5.7M

Next on the list of most expensive La Liga arrivals in the 2022 January transfer window is Matias Arezo, who has joined Granada from River Plate for €5.7 million. Granada are desperately trying to avoid relegation at the end of the current season and that is why they got to sign several players in the month that passed.

Matias Arezo is still too young to be a regular starter at his new club and it will take a lot of effort from the Uruguayan to prove his worth in the coming years. The 19-year-old center-forward made his professional debut at River Plate back in 2019 and has now made his first international move, which has attracted some attention from other European clubs as well. He has already made two appearances for the La Liga side, but is yet to make an impact as a prolific center-forward.

Ferran Torres

  • Transfer: Manchester City – Barcelona

  • Transfer fee: €55M

The most expensive arrival in La Liga’s January transfer window is Ferran Torres, who has joined Barcelona from Manchester City for €55 million. The Spaniard’s transfer was quite controversial as Barca have been struggling to balance their books in the past couple of years, yet are spending millions to bring in several players every year. Torres is only 21 years old, yet he has already played for two of the biggest clubs in the world.

He made a total of 43 appearances for the Premier League side during his short stay at the club and managed to score 16 goals while providing 4 assists in the process. The versatile forward has already made quite an impact at Barcelona by scoring two goals and providing a couple of assists in his first 6 appearances across all competitions. Even though Torres is incredibly talented and may one day become one of the best in the business, there is still a long way to go for the Spaniard as he will have to work a lot more on his finishing.

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