Lots of news and notes to summarize from the B team on the final day of the transfer window (here is a full list of this year's Primera Liga transfers):
Mateo Musacchio officially has signed from River Plate (Argentina) for the next five seasons. Nick talked about him in greater detail last week; he also appeared for Argentina at the recent South American U-20 championships. As you might remember, we signed an agreement last year to purchase a stake in certain River players; I don't believe Musacchio was on that list, but the investment already is starting to pay off.
He moves into the B team squad and is eligible to play as soon as Saturday's game in Cordoba. I'd think he will take a few weeks to acclimatize, but with Kiko's growing role on the A team, Musacchio may play more and sooner than expected. Also note that the Argentinean Apertura tournament has begun, so he should be match fit.
Speaking of central defenders, Carlos Tomas from Villarreal C officially has been promoted to the B team. He started in place of Edu in the 2-2 draw against Levante on the weekend. Congratulations to him.
In good news, we can confirm that Brazilian Tiago Dutra remains the property of Villarreal CF. He will be on loan at Maccabi Haifa this season, giving him the opportunity to experience Champions League football with the Israeli outfit. Maccabi, as you may have followed, defeated Salzburg (now one of our Europa League group stage opponents) in the playoff round to enter the CL main draw. Haifa are drawn with Bayern Munich, Juventus, and Bordeaux. Welcome back to the Champions League!
The other Brazilian we signed in the offsesason, Bruno Renan, is returning on loan to parent club Gremio in Porto Alegre. What's unusual about the deal is that it's for 2 years. I've never heard of a 2-year loan deal agreed to up front. I wonder if it's even binding...or maybe that's the law school student in me speaking. Finally, the contract for Portuguese midfielder Nuno Coelho, whom we obtained on loan from Porto, has been rescinded.
So that leaves the 22-man squad (a good number) as follows:
Goalkeepers (3)- Juan Carlos, Vicente Flor, and Brasca.
Defenders (8)- J. Costa, Joan Oriol, Kiko, Edu, Catala, Mario, Carlos Tomas, and Mateo Musacchio.
Midfielders (8)- Marcos Gullon, Cristobal, Matilla, Gerard Bordas, Hernan Perez, Natxo Insa, Jefferson Montero, and David Lazaro.
Forwards (3)- Marco Ruben, Joan Tomas, and Robert Flores.