They have signed Bailly, from Espanyol, this Thursday
They are having a good moment but still they have moved the market like anybody else this winter. Villarreal has not lost a single match of the last 17 and Marcelino's team is one of the greatest of La Liga. This Thursday they made official the signing of Bailly, from Espanyol.
Eric Bailly (Espanyol) - 5,7 milion euros
One of the best defendes to play for Espanyol in the latest years. A modern centre-back, quick and strong and with good techincal ability. He's only 20 years old and has been a regular started with Cote d'Ivoire during the Africa Cup of Nations. Villarreal paid neraly 6 million euros for him.
Joel Campbell (Arsenal) - On loan
He's not a "one for the future" anymore. He didn't have many chances at Arsenal under Wenger so looked for a way out. Campbell is only 22 years old and played really well at the last World Cup with Costa Rica.
Gabriel Paulista (Arsenal) - 15 milion euros
He arrived to Villarreal last year from Vitoria and has become one of the greatest defenders of the league. Villarreal paid 3 million for him to the Brazilian team and now they have sold him to Arsenal for 15 million.
Cani (Atletico de Madrid) - On loan
He had been playing for Villarreal during 9 seasons, becoming one of the heroes of their fans. He wasn't playing a lot this season (15 matches) due to several injuries and Atletico got him on loan to give some rest to their main starters in some matches. He made his Atletico debut against Barcelona on Wednesday. He's 33 years old.
Espinosa (Almeria) - On loan
He left Barcelona last summer and didn't have many chances with Marcelino. Now he is off to Almeria where he hopes to recover the level showed at La Masia. He has always been compared with Andrés Iniesta and is stil 22 years old.