Another quiet transfer window for clubs in Spain

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MADRID (AP) – Another transfer window to Spain went quietly on Monday as none of the top teams made big signings as they continue to feel financially crushed by the coronavirus pandemic.

Barcelona have been hit the hardest and will be without the players coach Ronaldo Koeman wanted to add, including defender Eric García and striker Memphis Depay. The club are also mired in political turmoil, being run by a board that cannot make many transfer decisions.

Real Madrid haven’t signed any significant signings either, with striker Luka Jovic and midfielder Martin Odegaard starting on loan at Eintracht Frankfurt and Arsenal respectively. The club also sent young Japanese striker Takefusa Kubo from Villarreal to Getafe on loan.

Barcelona and Real Madrid are 10 points behind Atlético Madrid, who brought in French striker Moussa Dembélé from Lyon to replace Diego Costa, who left the club a few weeks ago.

Sevilla have added Atalanta’s Papu Gómez, while Real Sociedad have transferred Willian José to Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Valencia, also trying to recover from a slow start to the season, have reached a deal for the return of right-back Cristiano Piccini from Atalanta. He also signed defender Ferro from Benfica and striker Patrick Cutrone from Wolverhampton.

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