Spanish La Liga – 12BET’s Top 5 European Football Leagues Player

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Updated: August 13, 2012
Spanish laliga

 Transfers: 2012-13

Season Duration: August 18, 2012 – June 1, 2013

La Liga will enter its 82nd season with mostly domestic player exchanges during the pre-season transfer window. Following Spain’s victory in EURO 2012, remarkable football predictions will characterize the nation’s top football league, specifically with new signings in Valencia and Barcelona.

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1. Jordi Alba

Jordi Alba

From: Valencia CF (Spain – La Liga)

To: FC Barcelona

Transfer Fee: est. €14 million

Jordi Alba spent a significant part of his youth career in FC Barcelona, making his signing with the Catalan powerhouse a homecoming of sorts.  Described as a promising midfielder, Alba helped Valencia reach third place in last season’s La Liga. He played in EURO 2012 for Spain, performed consistently and scored the second of the team’s four goals over Italy during the Final. That is a weighty justification for his unquestionable transfer to the best football club in the world.

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2. Joao Pereira

Joao Pereira

From: Sporting Clube de Portugal (Portugal – Primeira Liga)

To: Valencia CF

Transfer Fee: est. €3.6 million

Valencia’s defence will gain a significant upgrade with the signing of Joao Pereira. The Portuguese defender was instrumental to Sporting CP’s impressive fourth-place performance in last season’s Primeira Liga. Currently on his peak form following remarkable and consistent displays, Los Che’s bargain fee for him does not undermine his significance to the club.

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3. Jonathan Viera

Jonathan Viera

From: UD Las Palmas (Spain – Segunda División)

To: Valencia CF

Transfer Fee: est. €2.5 million

Striker Aritz Aduriz’ exit prompted Valencia to look for a formidable replacement. With young Jonathan Viera as their answer, the club seems secured of a stable future in the league. Viera went out of Las Palmas with a successful record in 27 games, scoring eight times within that interval. With a five-year contract with Los Che, Viera has lots of time to develop his prospects with the club.

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4. Aritz Aduriz

Aritz Aduriz

From: Valencia CF (Spain – La Liga)

To: Athletic Bilbao

Transfer Fee: est. €2.5 million

Striker Aritz Aduriz returns to Athletic Bilbao for the third time after spending two years in Valencia. Aduriz spent most of his career in Bilbao, playing for its reserve squad before joining the senior squad in 2002. He spent the next few years playing for different Spanish clubs, including a second return to Bilbao in 2006-2008. His vast experience is the key to his homecoming, making his price tag seem like an underestimation.

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5. Diego Lopez

Diego Lopez

From: Villareal CF (Spain – La Liga)

To: Sevilla FC

Transfer Fee: est. €3.5 million

Diego Lopez saved himself from Villareal’s relegation by taking on Sevilla’s offer. Lopez tended Real Madrid’s goal for two years before spending five years as goalkeeper of El Submarino Amarillo. He will replace Sevilla’s captain Andres Palop, who spent more than six years goalkeeping for Los Rojiblancos.

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