As usual, defending Champions Barcelona started early to mount a challenge on Champions League – which was their only disappointment of 2015-16 campaign. Former academy graduate Denis Suarez was snapped from Villarreal in a bid to add more teeth to the midfield which was found wanting – partly due to the ineffective Arda Turan. They then went on to strengthen their defense by snapping up Samuel Umtiti and Lucas Digne. Barcelona struggled to replace the legendary Carles Puyol at the heart of the back four and Umtiti could turn out to be a shrewd signing.
Defending Champions League Winners Real Madrid were slow in the market so far but have made their intent known by using their recall clause to get back academy graduate Alvaro Morata from Juventus. In a season of close margins, Morata’s goals could prove to be the vital difference this year. Watch out for Zinedine Zidane who will definitely flex his muscles in the transfer market.
City rivals Atletico Madrid too were quick to start their business by going for the Argentinian workhorse Nicolas Gaitan. They also signed their long-term defender target Sime Vrsaljko to strengthen their back four. More than anything else, it was holding on to their revered manager Diego Simeone that should cheer the supporters. There will definitely be a time when the Argentinian will move on for greener pastures but till it lasts, the supporters should sit back and enjoy the success.
Valencia too dipped their feet in the market by going for midfielder Alvaro Medran from Real Madrid. Then they surprised everyone by going for Portuguese midfielder Nani from Fenerbahce. The Euro winner had displayed great form in France and could surprise many in Spain with his agility. There is action from clubs at the other end of the spectrum too with Real Betis, Sevilla and Malaga strengthening their sides.
La Liga still has so much to offer with Real Madrid yet to flex their muscles while Barcelona may still go for another player. Watch out for Valencia and Atletico Madrid too while the situation of Juan Mata may interest quite a few La Liga sides.