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Transfer deadline days do not tend to be all that exciting in Spain. There certainly aren't reporters perched precariously on step ladders or hacks chasing the car of the Almería manager down the road, hoping for a titbit of gossip. This is largely because free transfers of players fans have never heard of or loan deals don't really get the juices flowing. And that's pretty much the lot for most cash-strapped sides in La Liga.
Rayo and Almería spent nothing at all. Elche splashed out €50,000 for one player, whilst three other clubs spent less than a million euros. However, this year's deadline day in La Liga was a little frenetic for a change, especially in the Spanish capital.
When Gareth Bale's move had finally been confirmed to Real Madrid and the Welshman was happily kissing his badge for the camera, that was supposed to be as exciting as it got for Monday. Sure, Kaká was moving back to Milan after a truly disastrous four-year spell in Spain, but that was no surprise with the Brazilian having announced his intentions to leave the club the previous Thursday.
But what really became a footballing knee trembler were the rumours that Mesut Özil wanted out. This was a whopping shock to the system. The German was known to have been in a bit of a grump about the arrival of Isco during the summer. Carlo Ancelotti was looking to push Özil out onto the right hand flank where he had been wholly ineffective and frustrated whenever José Mourinho had given him the same treatment last season.
Of all the footballers at Madrid, though, Özil was one who deserved to be holding his favourite spot, with the playmaker being one of the most unselfish yet visionary footballers in the team. The former Werder Bremen man could easily have done better than last season's campaign tally with nine goals - the fruit of a short spell as a false number 9 - but always chose to pass to a teammate with a better chance of finishing.
This selflessness put the Madrid man the top assist-maker in la Liga last season with 12 and unsurprisingly made the German very popular indeed with teammates. "If I made the decisions at Real Madrid, then Özil would be the last to leave," said Sergio Ramos whilst on duty with Spain.
However, the World Cup in Brazil is a powerful incentive and Özil saw his chances of playing at all in the Real Madrid team as limited, never mind starting in his favoured position behind the striker and in the centre of the park. A strop after a substitution during the Granada match in round two was an early indication of the player's frame of mind. Not playing at all during the weekend win against Athletic really sealed the deal.
The move is a mixed blessing for Real Madrid and Carlo Ancelotti. The Italian has one less unhappy player in already stuffed roster of attacking talent and the club broke its own record for its most expensive sale. The funds from Arsenal brings down the net summer spend of the club to a more modest €67 million.
However, there was yet more drama taking place not far from the Bernabeu, at the offices of the Spanish Football League (LFP) with the arrival of three lawyers thought to be representing Manchester United, although there are no facts to confirm this.
The suspicion was that they had arrived to deposit the €36 million required to buy Ander Herrera out of his contract with Athletic Bilbao to bring the midfielder to England. It was the same process that brought Javi Martínez to Bayern Munich, although that deal was achieved over weeks, rather than a matter of hours.
The footballer in question spoke on Wednesday to say that there was no medical held and definitely no agreement with Manchester United. "They had to pay the clause and after come sit with me," said Herrera. "They weren't representing me and I don't know who they are," claimed the Athletic man on the lawyers at the LFP.
It all lead to a pleasingly-breathless few hours, topped off with the news of whether Fabio Coentrao would be leaving or not. Perhaps an untimely fax paper jam messed up that particular deal to Manchester United.
The Neymar and Bale transfers being all done and dusted, the Spanish sports papers are going to need to kick off some new dramas with the opening of the winter window not that far away. Staring out of the front cover of Thursday's Marca is a footballer who may well be wanting a move by the time January comes around, in a soap opera that would be equal to any this summer - the transfer of Iker Casillas.
Tim Stannard - follow him on Twitter