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Villarreal’s transfer history, part 4: the summer 2018 transfer window

If you’ve been keeping up to this point, you know that Villarreal has made money in recent transfer windows. In fact, we made €11m in 2016-17, and €21m in 2017-18.

What may not be clear from the net numbers is that the volume of sales and purchases has increased significantly.

Purchases by year, 2014-15 to present:

€19m; €47m; €56m; €61m. And this summer, €61m. (Note that unlike transfermarkt, I counted Roger Martinez’s purchase in the 2017-18 season, since we were exercising a mandatory purchase option; similarly, below I will count the Castellejo mandatory purchase option as income for this year).

Now some of that increase has come about because of more TV revenues (a new contract was negotiated in 2015) which is important for a club like Villarreal because their matchday and sponsorship revenues are small by comparison. And, clearly, this summer has seen us reinvest most of the €32m profit over the last two seasons.

Here is, as far as I know, where we stand after this window closed.

€61m purchases:

Moreno, €20m; Ekambi, €18m; Caceres, €10m; Funes Mori, €9m; Layun, €4m. Carlos Bacca I have counted as a free transfer since he arrived as part payment for Samu Castillejo, effectively.

€47m income:

€20m Rodri (not counting €5m variables which he should easily hit); €8.5m Roger Martinez (50% interest); Samu Castillejo (€18m by most reports, excluding variables). We don’t know the terms of the Adrian Marín sale with buyback option, but I am figuring Alaves paid us something, hence I rounded up to €47m.

We also have players on loan with purchase options. Denis Cheryshev is, with a €7m option; Alfred N’Diaye as well, my guess is with a €5m or so option, and Roberto Soriano, probably €10-12m at least.