Last season it was 12, this summer Sevilla got its fifth signing

Last season it was 12, this summer Sevilla got its fifth signing

Upon arriving at Sevilla last season, the sporting director Monchi known as the biggest shopaholic in Europe brought in 12 players. As usual, people were dismissive of such an approach but the results speak for themselves - a secure spot in the Champions League and a Europa League title.

This summer, Monchi has taken the foot off the pedal just a little bit but he has already secured five permanent transfers.

Last season's loanees, winger Suso and goalie Bono have joined the team on a permanent basis while Ivan Rakitic has returned after a long spell at Barcelona. Furthermore, midfielder Oscar Rodriguez arrived from Real Madrid and defender Marcos Acuna from Sporting Lisbon.

Left-back Acuna (28) is the latest signing, paid just under €12,000,000 which is a good piece of business for a 27-time Argentina representative in his prime. Sporting was his first club in Europe as he represented Racing and Ferro Carril Oeste before that.

The youngster Rodriguez arrives from Real for €13,500,000 with a lot of hope, pushing the competition in the centre of the pitch. Bono was already there on loan and his fee is a modest €4,000,000 for an EL winner. Ivan Rakitic had a quite unusual transfer, as is the case with Barca nowadays.

Winger Suso is the biggest signature so far as Milan earned €24,000,000 from the sale of the 26-year-old.

While Monchi has sold the GK Sergio Rico to PSG for €6,000,000 and centre-back Simon Kjaer to Milan for a symbolic €3,500,000. Ever Banega left the club on a free to a Saudi league and Rony Lopes was loaned out to Nice.

With Monchi, it's known that this is not the last signing Sevilla will make but Bono believes the club has found a way to deal with so many fresh faces.

"The new ones are also catching on quickly and very well. There is a good block and the ones that have joined have real quality and give the team a boost. In the long run, you can tell when there is a team. There is a good group here and that helps you get things done in the long run," said the goalkeeper Bono.


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