La Liga Doesn’t Have A Headache Without Nunez, Haaland Or Mbappe

The news that Uruguayan forward Darwin Nunez may be close to signing a long-term deal (Spanish), with Premier League giant Liverpool has one important implication for Spain. La Liga will not have a standout young striker joining one its top teams during this transfer window.

Nunez never thought of joining Real Madrid or Barcelona, Atletico Madrid or any other Spanish team worthy of him. He is a versatile South American player who has a high strike rate in the Champions League as well as the Portuguese top-flight with Benfica. This has made him one of Europe’s most promising goal-scorers, alongside Erling Haaland or Kylian Mbappe.

The Premier League will benefit from major forward additions to its best teams, given the close proximity of Liverpool and Manchester City as eventual winners. The intrigue will only increase next season with Nunez and Haaland. Ligue 1 has some of the best stars available, even though they are not for a dominant Parisian ensemble. Sadio Mane, a Senegalian icon, is another potential addition to the Bundesliga. It is comparatively uneventful for Spain and Italy. At least, for now.

It’s still early days, with the summer transfer window opening. There is no shortage talent, but La Liga and its president Javier Tebas are concerned about missing these stars, considering how important they would have been to the division.

Tebas already voiced his concerns about Mbappe staying, questioning the financial legitimacy and shadiness of Mbappe’s lucrative new deal. Tebas is, however, making a rod for himself in one way. The pull of La Liga in attracting top players is somewhat diminished by Tebas’s demand for Spain’s clubs to prove their solvency and the enforcing of strict restrictions on Barcelona. This is especially true when competing with the power of PSG and its wealthy Qatari owners.

La Liga is still home to Real, the most valuable and respected team in Europe. With matches starting in two months, there will likely be more outgoings and incomings in the weeks ahead. It will be fascinating to see what Barcelona or Atletico can do to close the gap to their rival. Real is well-placed to do so, and has made a move to bring Aurelien Tchouameni to Monaco, to complement a midfield that still features the formidable Luka Modric.

However, the forward areas look almost the same. Los Blancos could replace Karim Benzema in this position, considering his 27 league goals total during the last term. This was a total that earned him the Pichichi award of ten strikes. He was also the Champions League’s top scorer.

However, there could be unexpected twists at Barcelona. The Catalans could sell Frenkie De Jong, whom reports suggest is linked to Manchester United. This would allow for a reunion between coach Erik ten Hag and Frenkie. Although Barcelona can’t spend freely, such a move would help it to recruit a statement signing. Robert Lewandowski is another attacking player that has been attracting attention. His long Bayern career appears to have ended. The 33-year old is being sought by the Blaugrana.

One thing is certain. There are many high-profile names available on the market. Some of them will be joining up with new clubs in Spain. However, the young, fast, and prolific forwards that are tipped to greatness for England and the Premier League look poised. La Liga might be a little less affected by this reality, but it is still quite entertaining.

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