La Liga is the only football league that can consider itself to compare to the Premiership in terms of quality and classy players and there is a lot of quality players in Spain, many of whom would cost little to bring over to England and would be well worth a gamble. Here’s some of them:
Fernando Llorente (Athletic Bilbao)
Llorente wouldn’t be the cheapest available player as he’s considered very important to Athletic but he’s still worth signing as the big man is a great target man striker. His goalscoring record at club level isn’t that impressive but he has been playing for a weak team and his impressive international performances and overall play would make him a great signing. Would cost around £12 – 14 million.
Maxi Rodriguez (Atletico Madrid)
Maxi’s contract expires at the end of the season and as a result he’s already been linked with a number of Premiership clubs with Liverpool thought to be his destination. Maxi is a powerful driving midfielder who can operate in the middle or behind a front man who can power in shots or create a great pass. A real bargain given how little Atletico will ask for him.
Jose Manuel Jurado (Atletico Madrid)
The former Real Madrid youngster failed to make his name at Atletico when he first arrived at the club but a loan spell at Mallorca last season showed what he can do with confidence. Jurado proved a great attacking midfielder, scoring often and leading the line for the island side in impressive style. Recently signed a new contract with Atletico but isn’t playing often and could be tempted to move away if a good offer comes in.
The Brazilian full back was set to become a Barcelona player in the summer but they opted to sign Maxwell instead which left Filipe at Depor. Solid enough defensively, Filipe is the kind of full back who tirelessly flies down the wing all match to help attacks along and his crossing is impressive. Could make it at a top club if given the chance.
Roberto Soldado (Getafe)
Like Llorente, Soldado wouldn’t be cheap as his club values him very highly – no surprise seeing as the former Real striker is La Liga’s third top goalscorer with 10 league goals to his name. Soldado looks to be achieving the potential he had been seen as having whilst at Real and he’s developing into a clinical player.
Just three years ago he was playing in the third division but Malaga’s Apoño is a great player – a driving box-to-box midfielder who doesn’t stop running, Apoño has been linked to the Premiership before though the move never went through, Would make a good signing for any team in need of a hard worker and would be cheap.
One of the most talented players in La Liga not to be playing for a big club, Duda endured a torrid time at Sevilla but has excelled after returning to Malaga. The winger has a brilliant left foot and is an excellent set piece taker with an eye for cracking goals. Malaga won’t want to sell but they usually accept low bids even for their best players.
Esteban Granero (Real Madrid)
Brought back to Real in the summer despite the fact that he would clearly not make many appearances in their star-studded midfield, Granero is a top class playmaker who can operate on the left or in the centre who possesses great vision, passes well and has a cracking shot on him. If Real are willing to let him leave then he’d be a great signing for anyone.
Once Valencia’s star player, Vicente has lost favour due to injuries, a poor attitude and the emergence of Silva and Juan Mata. Valencia are thought to be willing to sell him for as little as £3 million and he’s a risk worth taking considering how good he could be if he stays fit and finds form. Very fast and great at cutting inside and scoring, Vicente is still young enough to change his fortunes.
All of these players could be gotten for reasonable prices. Soldado and Llorente would cost more as they’re both key players for clubs that are not looking to sell whilst Granero may simply not be for sale. Any of these boys could do well in the Premiership though as they’re a talented lot with skills that could dazzle the Premiership. There’s always the possibility they could prove foreign flops but, given the low prices most would command, they represent risks that clubs are usually willing to take.