For clubs in Europe’s top leagues to challenge at the very top level, they have to be financially capable to do so. A lot of their income may come from TV deals, such as we’ve seen in the English Premier League, ticket sales or selling on players. For a lot of owners, making profit is number one priority, and competing with the very best comes second.
Sevilla Fútbol Club of Spain’s La Liga, arguably in the top five or six teams of the division, are one of the few clubs in Europe this summer who have lost a number of quality and experienced names, but also bringing in several players who are just as good for near peanuts in today’s football market. It’s important for the Los Rojiblancos to be playing in Europe along with competing in La Liga as well.
The supporters have high expectations of the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán side, and the owner José María del Nido and chairman José Castro Carmona know this and to meet those expectations they must sell their key players to survive as a club but also bring in the same amount of quality as well.
Seville have been renowned for selling some of the top talents at the club in the past. Last summer they sold Carlos Bacca to AC Milan of Serie ‘A’ and Aleix Vidal to league rivals FC Barcelona for a combined sum of £30 million, and that was just from two departures. Their replacements, Ciro Immobile and Gaël Kakuta, were just £15 million.
Let’s go to a year before. El Grande de Andalucía had lost midfielder Ivan Rakitić, who’s gone on to do amazing things in Catalunya, along with Alberto Moreno at Liverpool and defender Federico Fazio. Sevilla welcomed £39 million into their bank after those three were sold, meanwhile their thirteen signings came to a final bill of £17.6 million. This just shows that you can find quality in Europe, without having to spend utterly ridiculous money like we’ve seen being done at Manchester United, FC Barcelona and other continental giants.
Moving onto this summer, the Spanish club have yet again made a profit on their transfer business. Whilst you could argue Los Nervionenses have only lost two major players from last season’s squad, you can’t argue the names brought in are going to repeat previous success.
Sevilla have made £72 million from all departures over the last couple of months, mainly Grzegorz Krychowiak to Paris Saint-Germain and striker Kévin Gameiro to Atlético Madrid. However, have spent £52 million on arrivals. Joaquín Correa, Franco Vázquez, Paulo Henrique Ganso and Wissam Ben Yedder being the prominent signings. It is on a much larger scale in terms of the financial backing but the La Liga side have once again gained more than lost – something a lot of teams struggle to do.
They must be doing something right after all these years, with them winning three consecutive UEFA Europa League finals, mostly recently against Liverpool. The Argentinian-born manager, Jorge Sampaoli has had a good start to the new campaign as well, currently lying in fourth with four points from two games. With a new boss, time will tell whether their previous efficient method is going to work, but from early signs it shows promising signals.