FACTBOX-Soccer-La Liga club prospects and transfers

Fri, 13 Aug 04:01:00 2010

Factbox on the 20 La Liga clubs before the start of the 2010-11 season on Aug. 28/29 (all amounts in euros, * denotes transfer fee confirmed by club, otherwise based on reports in local media):

Barcelona (champions, 99 points):

Barca set a record points tally in pipping arch rivals Real Madrid to last season's title. As they bid for a third straight La Liga crown, they will have to contend with Real's new coach Jose Mourinho, who led Inter Milan to a dramatic victory over the Catalans in the semi-finals of the 2009-10 Champions League.

After failing to lure Cesc Fabregas back to the Nou Camp, club officials have suggested players from the youth ranks will fill any remaining gaps in the squad.

In: David Villa (Valencia, *40 million), Adriano Correia (Sevilla, *up to 13.5 million).

Out: Yaya Toure (Manchester City, 29 million), Dmytro Chygrynskiy (Shakhtar Donetsk, 15 million), Thierry Henry (New York Red Bulls, free), Rafael Marquez (New York Red Bulls, free).

Real Madrid (2nd, 96 points):

Mourinho's arrival at the Bernabeu has raised expectations that La Liga's big spenders can end Barca's two-year reign.

After splurging close to 250 million last year on players including Cristiano Ronaldo and Kaka, the club's signings so far this summer have been much more low key.

In: Angel Di Maria (Benfica, 25 million), Pedro Leon (Getafe, 10 million), Sergio Canales (Racing Santander, 4.5 million), Sami Khedira (VfB Stuttgart, 12 million), Ricardo Carvalho (Chelsea, 8 million).

Out: Christoph Metzelder (Schalke 04, free), Raul (Schalke, free), Guti (Besiktas, free).

Valencia (3rd, 71 points):

After finishing a distant third last term, coach Unai Emery has seen his two best players, David Villa and David Silva, sold to Barca and Manchester City respectively, while defensive stalwart Carlos Marchena has moved to Villarreal.

As the club continues to struggle with financial problems and a half-finished stadium, new strikers Roberto Soldado and Aritz Aduriz have big shoes to fill following the departure of Spanish World Cup hero Villa.

In: Aritz Aduriz (Real Mallorca, 4 million), Tino Costa (Montpellier, 6.5 million), Roberto Soldado (Getafe, 10 million), Mehmet Topal (Galatasaray, 6 million), Ricardo Costa (Lille), Sofiane Feghouli (Grenoble)

Out: David Villa (Barcelona, *40 million), David Silva (Manchester City, 30 million), Nikola Zigic (Birmingham City, 7 million), Carlos Marchena (Villarreal)

Sevilla (4th, 63 points):

The Andalusians were seen as potential challengers to Barca and Real last term but were unable to produce the required consistency and only just managed to hold off Real Mallorca and clinch Spain's fourth Champions League spot.

Keeping Brazil striker Luis Fabiano and Spain winger Jesus Navas will be crucial to their bid to improve on fourth.

In: Tiberio Guarente (Atalanta, 5.5 million), Mouhamadou Dabo (St Etienne, free), Luca Cigarini (Napoli, loan)

Out: Adriano Correia (Barcelona, *up to 13.5 million), Tom de Mul (Standard Liege, loan), Marc Valiente (Real Valladolid), Marius Stankevicius (Sampdoria, return after loan), David Prieto (Tenerife, loan)

Real Mallorca (5th, 62 points):

Financially-troubled Mallorca's pre-season preparations and the arrival of new coach Michael Laudrup have been overshadowed by UEFA's decision to exclude them from the Europa League.

Their place in Europe's second-tier club competition has been taken by Villarreal pending the result of legal action.

In: Jonathan de Guzman (Feyenoord, free)

Out: Aritz Aduriz (Valencia, 4 million), Mario Suarez (Atletico Madrid), Borja Valero (Villarreal, loan), Felipe Mattioni (Espanyol).

Getafe (6th, 58 points):

The Madrid-based club again made good use of scant resources last campaign to seal a lucrative place in the Europa League, although it remains to be seen how they will cope this term without striker Roberto Soldado and midfielder Pedro Leon.

The club's prospects of matching or bettering sixth place will depend on how quickly new striker Adrian Colunga settles.

In: Adrian Colunga (Recreativo Huelva, 2.5 million), Angel Arizmendi (Real Zaragoza), Borja Fernandez (Real Valladolid), Ivan Marcano (Villarreal, loan).

Out: David Belenguer (Real Betis, free), Roberto Soldado (Valencia, 10 million), David Cortes (Hercules, free), Pedro Leon (Real Madrid, 10 million).

Villarreal (7th, 56 points):

After a woeful start, Villarreal's form picked up markedly toward the end of last season and they scraped into Europe thanks to UEFA's decision to exclude Mallorca.

Spain midfielder Santi Cazorla and former international Marcos Senna look to be fit again after suffering long-term injuries last season, while the guile of versatile World Cup-winning defender Carlos Marchena will be a big asset.

In: Borja Valero (West Bromwich Albion, loan), Carlos Marchena (Valencia), Jozy Altidore (Hull City, return from loan)

Out: Damian Escudero (Boca Juniors), Joseba Llorente (Real Sociedad, 2.5 million), Robert Pires, Ariel Ibagaza (Olympiacos, free), Sebastian Eguren (Sporting Gijon), Ivan Marcano (Getafe, loan), Diego Godin (Atletico Madrid, 10 million).

Athletic Bilbao (8th, 54 points):

The experience gained by powerful striker Fernando Llorente and defensive midfielder Javi Martinez at the World Cup will likely stand the Basque club in good stead this term.

They also boast one of the most exciting young talents in La Liga striker Iker Muniain. Joquin Caparros, one of La Liga's most experienced coaches, is set to lead them for a fourth season, an unusually long stint in charge for Spanish soccer.

In: Mikel San Jose (Liverpool, 3 million), Mikel Balenziaga (Numancia, loan).

Out: Joseba Etxeberria (retired), Armando (retired), Fran Yeste (Al Wasl, free).

Atletico Madrid (9th, 47 points):

Fran Merida's arrival from Arsenal gives Europa League champions Atletico some extra creativity going forward, while Diego Godin and Filipe Luis will bolster a defence that looked fragile at times last season.

In Diego Forlan and Sergio Aguero, Madrid's second club have two of the most lethal attackers in world soccer -- if they can hold on to them.

In: Fran Merida (Arsenal, free), Diego Godin (Villarreal, 10 million), Filipe (Deportivo Coruna, 12 million), Mario Suarez (Real Mallorca), Diego Costa (Real Valladolid, loan).

Out: Tiago (Juventus, returns after loan), Pablo Ibanez (West Bromwich Albion), Mariano Pernia.

Deportivo Coruna (10th, 47 points):

Depor's season imploded after the injury to Filipe last term and they have now sold the Brazilian fullback to Atletico.

Coach Miguel Angel Lotina has said the Galicians needed to replace him as a matter of urgency and they were also looking to bolster the forward line.

In: Aythami (Xerez, return from loan), Michel (Valencia, loan), Urreta (Benfica, loan), Saul (Elche, free), Ruben Perez (Atletico, loan).

Out: Filipe (Atletico, 12 million), Sergio Gonzalez (Levante), Brayan Angulo (loan expired), Mista (Toronto), Ruben Castro (Real Betis), Rodolfo Bodipo (Vaslui, loan).

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