Luiz Felipeon vacation these days after spending the last few weeks concentrating on the selection of Italiawith which he made his international debut last week, is the last bet of the Betis in the free player market. The 25-year-old Brazilian central defender will join the team he leads Manuel Pellegrini next month with the aim of following in the footsteps of many of the players who arrived at the club at zero cost in recent seasons.
Because the Betis For some time now, it has become a specialist when it comes to taking advantage of market opportunities. Practically every summer, in recent years, he has added players who were ending their contracts with their clubs to his plans, thus achieving significant savings in transfers thanks to an intense recruitment effort that the Sports Direction takes place for months.
Six ‘free’ signings in two years with Cordón
Last year, without going any further, there were three players who reached the Betis at zero cost: Rui SilvaAfter the end of his contract with the Granada, Youssouf Sabalywhich closed a long stage in the Girondins of Burdeosy John Mirandafree after terminating his relationship with the Barcelonaalthough in the case of the side of Olivares, the Catalan club reserved a percentage in case of a future sale. Three players who have contributed to the team Pellegrini will achieve its goals.
A year earlier there were also three footballers who joined the project without transfer cost: Martin Montoyacoming from Brighton, Victor Ruizafter terminating his contract with the Besiktasy Claudio Bravowhich had just closed a successful stage in the Manchester City. They all came with Antonio Cordon in front of the Sports Direction continuing a work that had begun years ago…
Canales and Pau Lopez, two ‘bargains’ of sporting and economic performance
Only the 2019-20 academic year, in which thanks to the transfers of players such as Pau López, Junior Firpo, Sergio Leon or the paid transfer of Lo Celsoamong others, the Betis raised a millionaire figure, the verdiblancos did not go to the free player market. They made numerous signings (Borja Iglesias, Fekir, It’s John, Alex Moreno…), but all of them with amounts involved. It was a somewhat atypical year, after the departure of Serra Ferrerwithout sports director as such at the head of the Technical secretary.
Because the previous year, the Heliopolitan entity had made the most of the players who end their contract, recruiting at no cost as a transfer, no less than sergio canals, Pau López, Takashi Inui y Joel Robles. A summer in which he began to make the most of this complicated market, in which the competition is extremely high, and which in the long run, together with important investments in top-level players, has allowed him to grow significantly, return to Europa…and win a title.