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SBD Global/July 13, 2012/International Football

La Liga Clubs Spending Less On Transfer Fees Than Last Year

La Liga teams have "only spent" €32M ($39M) in signings compared to the almost €350M last summer, according to Manuel Ibanez of EL PAIS. Getafe FC Sporting Dir Toni Munoz said, "The clubs are very frugal, it's a difficult summer." The team that has spent the most so far this summer is FC Barcelona, which paid €14M ($17.1M) for Jordi Alba. That number is "significantly inferior" to last year when they spent €34M for Cesc Fabregas and €26M for Alexis Sanchez. League champion Real Madrid has yet to "disburse a single euro" to bring in a player. The transfer market across the European Leagues has "for the moment" not brought any big signings. The largest transfer has come from the EPL, where Chelsea paid Ligue 1 club Lille €40M ($48.8M) for midfielder Eden Hazard. The French league "also surpasses Spain" in terms of money invested, with the largest signing being PSG's acquisition of Ezequiel Lavezzi from Napoli for €30M ($36.6M). Meanwhile in the Bundesliga and Serie A, no team has yet to sign a player for more than €11M ($13.4M) (EL PAIS, 7/11).
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