In just under three weeks of the January transfer window, Premier League clubs have signed Álex Moreno, Joao Félix and Matheus Cunha from Spanish clubs.
La Liga players Thomas Partey, Giovani Lo Celso, Ferran Torres, Nelson Semedo, Sergio Reguilón, Rodrigo Moreno, Diego Llorente, Mohammed Salisu, Willian José and Martin Odegaard have left Spain to join Premier League clubs in recent seasons.
In the last five seasons analysed by AS, English clubs have spent €1.127bn on Spanish-based players, closely followed by France (€1.108bn) and Germany (€1026bn). Only France has more players leaving for England than Spain (72 compared to 62).
Premier League teams sign very high-value players from La Liga, while La Liga clubs sign low-value players from the Premier League.
Spanish clubs are in an inferior position to Premier League clubs. Last summer, 11th in the Premier League (Newcastle) signed Alexander Isak from 6th place Real Sociedad, and 14th in the Premier League (Aston Villa) signed centre-back Diego Carlos from Sevilla in 3rd place.
For Sweden international striker Isak, Newcastle paid €70m and for Brazilian defender Diego Carlos, Villa paid €31m. These are figures that Spanish clubs can only dream of.
Kieran Quaile | GSFN